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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 17 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2005 vintage.)
ProducerDeLille Cellars (web)
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationYakima Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2015 (based on 17 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See DeLille Cellars Syrah Doyenne on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.5 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 103 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by hesnctrl on 2/28/2015 & rated 91 points: PnD. Hefty bottle with a massive punt. Cork was very clean and darkly stained, but with no sediment. Super dark and opaque, but for the plum colored meniscus. Ripe blue/black fruits on the nose with some meatiness behind it. I was expecting a fruit bomb, but this was nice and balanced. 100% Syrah on the palate with some minerality. Med texture with resolved tannins. Screaming for some lamb chops!

Enjoyed in a Riedel Vinum Syrah glass at 58F. (504 views)
 Tasted by WAWINEFAN on 12/12/2014 & rated 93 points: Excellent once again. (832 views)
 Tasted by WAWINEFAN on 12/7/2014 & rated 93 points: Popped and poured. Yum! Very silky smooth a great bottle of wine. (820 views)
 Tasted by Coupe 60 on 9/27/2014 & rated 89 points: Popped and left bottle open for about 40 min, before having with Grilled flat iron steak. Still a big tannic wine...Some dark fruit with some black peppery spice. While this went well with steak, and was solid.. didn't have that extra gear. enjoyed it, but had hoped for a bit more... (1101 views)
 Tasted by phantphant on 2/5/2014 & rated 78 points: Weak example of usually good WA state syrah. Short window of taste with lack of depth. (2364 views)
 Tasted by WAWINEFAN on 1/11/2014 & rated 93 points: Drinking very nicely right now. Yum. A nose of black pepper and cherries. Has a wonderful full body and silky smooth and it goes down with a beautiful finish. Happy to have a couple more left for another day. (1875 views)
 Tasted by oenophilemoose on 9/30/2013 & rated 90 points: Decanted one hour; inviting nose of dark fruit, mid-weight, fruit forward, virtually undetectable tannins with a moderately long finish. Delicious. (2209 views)
 Tasted by vinodolphin on 9/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Sadly our last bottle of this. Delicious! Largest Punt I have ever seen on a bottle. (2037 views)
 Tasted by Steveo51 on 9/22/2013 & rated 95 points: OMG what a big Syrah
An Impressive Syrah from this winemaker of bordeaux style wines The wine has a dense purple color with a blackberry liqueur nose, smoke, licorice, and spice on the back end.
 Tasted by baileycs on 8/15/2013 & rated 91 points: super good. drank last 375 bottle I had. Smooth, peppery, well integrated, very much in the drink me now stage. Very, very good (1388 views)
 Tasted by Joegish on 6/10/2013 & rated 89 points: perhaps it has become a little muted...faded fruit, noticeable abv.

hopefully, this will not continue to fade. (1653 views)
 Tasted by Pedroel on 4/16/2013 & rated 92 points: Almost a year has passed since the last note. It's getting better all the time... The nose, especially, is just killer. Good balance, flavor and finish. Getting to WOW. I think it's in its optimal drinking window. (1440 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/13/2013 & rated 95 points: Drinking great, One hour decant time. I can't imagine this getting any better. (1380 views)
 Tasted by TPV Wine Cellar on 3/23/2013: Not good. Funny after taste. (1449 views)
 Tasted by 8count on 3/21/2013: Too young (1212 views)
 Tasted by garambler on 3/10/2013 & rated 92 points: I had this with a cheese plate on 3/10/13. It had a strong, fragrant and alluring bouquet of smoked meat, blackberry, plum, burnt toast, mocha, pepper, licorice and spice aromas. The palate was rich, layered and dry with flavors of blackberry, plum, burnt toast, licorice, pepper spice and chalky minerals. 91+ (1131 views)
 Tasted by jfrederick on 12/29/2012 & rated 92 points: Decanted for an hour plus. Great fruit, long finish. Continued improving throughout the evening. Showing very well at this time. (1272 views)
 Tasted by vinodolphin on 12/25/2012 & rated 92 points: A truly excellent syrah. A hit among the whole family. (1136 views)
 Tasted by baileycs on 11/26/2012 & rated 90 points: Ditto...very nice. Will miss this wine when all gone :( (1445 views)
 Tasted by WinePT on 11/17/2012 & rated 91 points: Plush dark fruits with a hint of chocolate. Delicious. Wish I had more. (1322 views)
 Tasted by baileycs on 11/13/2012 & rated 91 points: similar to other notes, just an amazing wine in its drinking window. Very good! (1337 views)
 Tasted by baileycs on 11/13/2012 & rated 91 points: Similar to other bottles, an amazing wine that is drinking beautifully. (1623 views)
 Tasted by tc from santee on 10/28/2012 & rated 90 points: T.C.from Santee. I've enjoyed several bottles of 07 Doyenne Syrah with consistant notes of dark Cherry, Black Plums, spices and tar. This wine needs an hour to open up and hits it stride at 70 degrees with rich fruits extended. It was excellent with braised Short Ribs. (1278 views)
 Tasted by baileycs on 9/10/2012 & rated 91 points: Similar to other comments. Great wine, can even hold a few more years! (1909 views)
 Tasted by syrahiously on 9/8/2012 & rated 90 points: Deep, dark fruits with incredible spice. Consistent with notes from a previous (half) bottle, time in the glass bodes well for this wine as far as complexity and integration. However, by the end of a two-hour dinner, the wine was extremely dry on the finish. These notes are based on a 750ml P&P just above cellar temps. I am far more impressed with the 2006 DeLille Syrah. Unclear to me how this 2007 will develop, but I will hold my last bottle for about a year. (1591 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2010, IWC Issue #153
(DeLille Estate Doyenne "Signature" Syrah Yakima Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, A focus on Washington State, Issue #4 (5/1/2010)
(DeLille Cellars Syrah Doyenne) Login and sign up and see review text.   92 points
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DeLille Cellars

Producer website

by Chris Upchurch, Executive Winemaker/Vineyard Manager, Owner/Partner
By far, most questions asked of me always have something to do with the age ability of our wines. We offer the vintage chart below for this very reason, for all the red wines we have ever released. Please note that all of our wines are classically structured and designed to age well. I believe they will all see their tenth birthday and beyond in good health, and I include the white wines as well. Our white wines are not included in the chart because they are at "Drink" status at release. Aging does not make them more drinkable, yet there are interesting characteristics that can only develop in time, especially in the Chaleur Estate Blanc.


Varietal article (Wikipedia) | (Wines Northwest)


WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!


Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Yakima Valley

Wine Yakima Valley

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