Tasted at dinner with Matt and Lauren Reynvaan, alongside 2013 In the Rocks. Color still dark garnet, darker than the 2013; this still almost totally opaque, more so than the 2013. The aroma is of a fully mature wine, with black raspberry, smoke, roasted meats, earth, touch of bacon, and toasty French oak. Very viscous, thick "legs". Full-bodied flavors, which build on the palate. Perfectly smooth and balanced, acidity just right, tannin very soft. A very long aftertaste, lingers for almost a minute, smoky dark fruits. Just a bit hot on the palate and aftertaste. Basically, this is an American version of Guigal's single vineyard wines, at a fraction of the price (I bought it in 2009 for $45 at a retail shop and have cellared it since). It will last several more years, but nothing's to be gained by holding it, so just drink and enjoy! Ric
This is really quite terrific and exemplifies the excellent quality from this winery. The lush mouthfeel gives way to superbly balanced tannins and graceful fruit. I was glad I was able to pick up a few more bottles of this recently at the winery.
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(Reynvaan Family Vineyards In the Rocks Syrah Walla Walla Valley) An aromatic wine with smoke, bacon fat, potting soil, lots of floral notes, vegetable aromas, fruit, and savory notes. Vibrant on the palate with a lot of intense fruit flavors. Dips just a bit in the mid-palate and isn’t entirely filled out at times but this will change as the vineyard matures. An excellent first release from this winery. Syrah co-fermented with 6.5% Viognier and 1.5% Marsanne. 14.44% alcohol.
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