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Community Tasting Notes (11) Avg Score: 91.6 points

  • Allowed to decant for 3+ hours.
    Explosive aromas spout from the glass carrying intense scents of boysenberry, marrionberry, blackberry and plum are heavily laced with scents of graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, vanilla, violets, pastry dough, black licorice and milk chocolate.
    On the palate rich texture with medium to medium-plus density. Ripe, soft tannins and juicy berry acidity. Flavors confirm the nose with rich flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, marionberry, and plum with graham, vanilla, violets, cinnamon, milk chocolate, black licorice and freshly proofed pastry dough.
    Expressive through the lingering finish. Still a rock solid fruit forward syrah.

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  • Fairly oak-ey and a lot of the fruit flavor was absent. Still, it was smooth and pleasant and had somewhat smokey, saline components to it.

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  • No idea where this will head. SO BIG and OAKY. Gonna wait for at least 3 years to see where it lands. My instinct is that it will be terrific down the road a good ways.

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  • This one is more of an old world style I suppose. Not much fruit going on. Vanilla, cloves, woodsmoke, and some restrained oak without going overboard. A very nice wine from the fine folks at Dunham. We visited their tasting room in Walla Walla last year and really enjoyed ourselves. They have friendly dogs roaming around there too!

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  • Very dark in color; nose screams vanilla, some blueberry and blackberry pie as well; same on palate in a thick milkshake like consistency only milkshakes have less sugar; would have called Barossa given the opportunity; it seemed like very good grapes but the intervention here overwhelms any natural beauty.

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  • By Sean Sullivan
    12/19/2012, (See more on Washington Wine Report...) **** points

    (Dunham Cellars Syrah Columbia Valley) Aromatically locked up at present but when it opens it reveals blueberries, violets, and sweet spices. On the palate, a broadly appealing wine that is packed tightly with dense fruit flavors and a somewhat surprising amount of tannins. 100% Syrah. Aged in French (59%) and American oak. 13.8% alcohol. 602 cases produced.

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