Found this on close out for $21. What a steal! Only wish I had bought more. Someone else said this is like a baby Reynvaan and I think that is an accurate description. Not as much funk as the Reynvaans I've had however very interesting to drink nevertheless. Will seek out more of this.
This is the second RoaC offering, from bordeaux bottle. Unfortunately it doesn't hold up to the frosh effort - so this is simply an average QPR effort this go around. Perhaps some aging for my second / final bottle will do the trick..
Delicious. More raspberry fruit-driven than I recall, but still showing the characteristic Reynvaan smoked meat tones. Ready to go on PnP and still shining on Night 2. Drink now or hold for a few years.
Was poured this blind and asked to identify the provenance...with the variety as a bonus. Immediately knew it was WA Syrah...but with nuance. The longer I lingered over the bouquet the more it showed Old World characteristics...bacon, garrigue (bramble), intense minerality, kelp, and funk. Still, the WA Syrah notes dominated. I was not surprised when the bottle was revealed as I had tasted this once before.
This is an interesting wine...I suspect in a blind tasting of Old World Syrah this could masquerade nicely. An amzing value for the quality it delivers.
Pleasantly surprised with this NV blend. Nothing listed on the bottle, but assuming it is mostly declassified Reynvaan Syrah, with some Cab and maybe something else added. Has that lovely "rocks" funk, with a good amount of raspberry fruit and a bit of sweetness...vanilla maybe? Great wine, at a fantastic QPR value.
Tons of black pepper on the nose. A bit funky, and not in a good way, on the palate the first night, not very good. Second night was improved. Third night I wished I had three more glasses rather than just one. The transformation was amazing. Took on more of a Rhone taste with the pepper nose remaining. I had starting thinking the second bottle we have would go down the drain and was wishing I had not bought four bottles of the next vintage. Now I wish I had more, I just need to remember to open at least 24-36 hours early.
Pop and pour and followed for several hours. Starts with awesome aromas of blackberry, meat, plums, herbs, olive brine, flowers, smoke, earth, and a hint of cotton candy on the nose. After several hours of air, the profile turns more into blackberries, flowers, olives, and saline. Blackberries, plums, brine, herbs, and saline on the palate. Good acidity, fine and slightly grippy tannins, decent finish. A bit light on the palate. Overall, this was a really fun wine. It was hard to pull my nose out of the glass.
Dark red almost black color, raspberry and plum aromas on the nose, black berry flavors on the palate with a floral hint some spice. Nice balance with a lingering medium finish. Medium to full bodied wine. A young wine that will complement most pasta and tomato dishes and grilled meats, pizza. Strong Syrah base well crafted.
First whiff of this discloses its close relationship to Reynvaan. Unmistakable notes of roasted meat and tangy salinity with a hint of earthy funk and some nice fruit hiding behind it all. Excellent QPR.
Hmm. All over the place. Drank over two nights. For the sheer masochism of it I pnp'ed a sip, and was greeted with a menthol eucalyptus mustache. 4 hours later, it was much more together and I got what the previous notes here had to say about it, song lyrics and all. The next day, weirdly, all I could taste with my ground lamb was that cherry opening and rocking and rolling menthol finish. I withhold judgment except to say I enjoyed the weird ride.
Woooo. My first Reynvaan was a 2008 In The Rocks and I loved it - it had something to it that was so different and so interesting to drink. This had that something too, but a lot of it. Now I know what 'the funk' means and it's not that disco song that I have stuck in my head now. Da funk = meaty and a bit raw, earth, briar patch, with a bit of black fruit. The first night was a bit much (though I couldn't keep my nose out of it), the second night that funk had toned down a bit and I could really enjoy the wine. That said - for me - this needs a little more time on it's side. What a great wine.
OK, this is more like it ... more like Reynvaan/Cayuse, that is. After the relatively 'mediocre' showing of the Proper syrah, this little brother from the rocks lived up to the hype surrounding its brethren. While not quite yet firing on all cylinders, this is already approachable - but should show even better a few years down the road. Nice QPR here.
A wine that makes a good Old World impression. It shows minerality, a sanguine element, iron ores, and a range of meats - from raw to Charcuterie to jerky - bacon in particular. Dark fruits in various form of preparedness are also present in abundance. Excellent concentration. On the downside, the fruit is almost confected and the alcohol level is high. Drank it over three days; Old World elements were most prominent on the first day. An interesting wine.
Very interesting wine. Nose was straight from the rocks with the funk, reduction and cornucopia of fruits. The palate was a bit clumsy, blocky and chalky. Sat in my fridge for 3-5days and was much more together. Really enjoyed the bright pepper notes, herbs and chalky fruit. The nose was a treat when 1st popped and days later. Decent value for the price.
Drank this on two nights, Thur & Sat, over a three day window. The first night, had quite a bit of funk - gamey, forest floor, mushroom - along with dark berry fruit, both on the nose and in the mouth; thought it was quite good. When I finished it two nights later, the funk had disappeared and it was very ordinary. Score from night 1. 4+12+16+8
This is the (mainly) Syrah NV edition: Complex aromatics of field violets, cassis, red currants, cardamom and categorical orange zest are met with tanned hide, ferns and sweet clay. Tart red fruit, smoked meats, saline plums and bitter coffee on the medium length finish. Not subtle or sleek, but some softness shows through. Give this some time to bind together.
Consider this a relatively inexpensive Syrah from WA state that strives to be like Cayuse yet is a bit simple. It hit the right notes on parts of the nose, and basic Walla Walla flavor profile yet lacks complexity.
In a blind tasting I would have pegged this as a Reynvaan wine. Great nose of black pepper, a touch of funk and a slight bit of caramel. The palate was a tad hot, but the beefy notes and nice minerality were pleasant. Good QPR!
One of the Best wines I have had labeled as a Red Table Wine. While a blend, the Syrah characteristics stand out. Lots of that earthy terroir in nose and that good taste that comes from that Walla Walla soil. Good balance of dark fruit (cherry/plum) flavors. A great deal wine compared to cost of Syrahs that would compare in flavor. Great for drinking now.