Nose is floral with blackberry, smoke, meat, hints of lavender and a trace of caramel. Palate has meat, smoke, dried fruits, pepper, spice, plum, and blackberry. Nicely balanced, Long finish, medium complexity, but a slight "harsh" discordant note at the end. Can probably use a couple more years to fully integrate.
Reynvaan wines are hard to track down in NJ/NYC. I had to take a subway to the upper west side (112th St. area) in order to score two bottles of this, but it was worth it.
The Unnamed has a very savory, almost briney characteristic to it. Starts out with notes of mesquite barbecue on the front palette, followed by black olive, coffee grounds, subtle dark berries (this wine is not fruit forward in the least), and that well known funk found in some of the better Walla Walla syrahs. I've seen this wine described as "meaty", and that description is not inaccurate in my experience. The finish lasted a good 30 sec. or longer.
A superb effort and well worth the $50 - $55 if you can locate some of this wine. I can only hope they expand their distribution into NJ so that we can experience Reynvaan wines on a more frequent basis.
PnP'd. Emminently more presentable than 15 months ago: huge floral nose with tar. On the palate black cherry, raspberry, green pasilla chile, tar and in the second hour, milk chocolate rounds out the finish. A delightful progression as the wine settles down in the glass. Could peak in 2-3 years. Drink or hold.
Brought this to dinner last night at Union Square Cafe. The appetizer was a bit of a tough pairing (had the scallop crudo), but it was great with the lamb chops. Nice bacon fat funkiness coming through. A bit more subtle than some of the other wines in that area which gave it an air of elegance I don't normally associate with that style of wine. Very tasty!
Nose is intensely floral and perfumed. (From Viognier, I assume.) It smells like a wine that I would not like, as I do not like a lot of florality in my wines. And the first half second of the palate I'm unsure about, too, frankly. Then it makes this sharp right turn into OMG. Soft, but slightly viscous, but smooth, but just a little spicy, no single element of this wine overwhelms. This is not normally what I want in a Syrah, but I'm into it. This is my first Reynvaan, and I have to say, I'm intrigued.
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(Reynvaan Family Vineyards The Unnamed Syrah In the Rocks Vineyard Walla Walla Valley) A hugely aromatic, gamey, briny wine full of earth, iodine, umami, floral notes, and meat. Great depth and intensity of flavors with a textured feel. Has a backbone of tannins to hold it all together. Syrah co-fermented with Viognier.
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