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2011 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah Foothills Reserve


  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 21

  • wrote: 96 points

    October 11, 2022 - Day 1: Aromatic! Strawberry, wet stones, black pepper, violets, earth, green olives and pepper corn. While not a powerhouse the finish on this wine is quite long. Complex and a thinking wine drinkers' wine. Outstanding effort and many more years of drinking. 94 points
    Day 2: Nice evolution of change on day 2. This is a bit bigger in style than the elegance of day 1. Blueberries, cherry, black pepper, earth, black olives, exotic spices, rose petals and wet stones. Super complex and even better than day 2. Yes 10 plus years from vintage good wines improve on day 2 and there is a solid glass waiting day 3. 95 points
    Day 3: Hard to believe this improved on day 3 considering its age but it did. Black olives, exotic spices, roasted meats, black pepper, rose petals, pepper corn, earth and blueberries and sour cherry. Long, complex finish over a minute. Certainly, a wine of the year candidate and better than any Syrah I tasted at the Walla Walla Syrah Festival this past summer. 96 points
    Recommendation: This wine is off the charts and for the $75 I paid with shipping I am thrilled I have one more. Drink through 2030.

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  • caroleandjay Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 7, 2021 - Delicious, but I still prefer their Rocks offerings. Guess I like the funk over the pepper.
    Clear, medium garnet with purple hues. Significant meniscus with high viscosity.
    N - Black pepper, white pepper, smoked meats and olive.
    P better than nose. Plum, blueberry, olive, smoked meats, and yes - plenty of pepper.
    S - Dry, full bodied, Med+ acidity, fine Med+ tannins still present. Long finish.
    Even at 10 years I think this still has quite a ways to go.

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  • bhouk wrote:

    July 25, 2021 - Totally in swing, with plenty of olive tapenade, meat and sweat, shot through with salty, stony minerality. Core of blackberries. Great effort in a great place. Singing now.

  • Radboy wrote: 97 points

    May 1, 2020 - Simply exquisite! Best at the two to three hour mark. Prime time baby!

  • Ex-Ray Likes this wine: 98 points

    April 6, 2020 - Totally the same as my note of October 2018: Dark purple and very slightly translucent. Incredibly powerful nose of black pepper, very pronounced immediately, toasted dark French oak, very distinctive nose. I've never had a wine with so much black pepper in the nose. Extremely viscous. Full-bodied flavors of black fruits, a touch of anise and oak, moderate soft tannins and high alcohol, but still extremely well balanced. Very long aftertaste. Last tasted 5/17, when the aftertaste was quite hot, but much less so now. It became smoother the second evening. Wonderful now, at its peak, nothing to be gained by further aging. Needs at least several hours to breathe...opened and decanted in the morning. It's a different style than the Oregon-grown Reynvaans from The Rocks vineyard. This is from the Washington side, adjacent to the winery, along with "In the Hills" bottling.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    New Releases from Washington State (Dec 2014), 12/1/2014 (link)

    (Reynvaan Family Vineyards Foothills Reserve Estate Syrah Walla Walla Valley Walla Walla Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Sean Sullivan
    12/5/2013 (link) **** 1/2 points

    (Reynvaan Family Vineyards Foothills Reserve Estate Syrah Walla Walla Valley) Intensely aromatic with heaping amounts of black pepper, underbrush, peat, savory notes, and plum. The palate is elegant in style with soft, fresh savory flavors.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Reynvaan Family Vineyards
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Foothills Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Walla Walla Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 121 (40%)
  • Consumed 183 (60%)

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BBQ or pepper steak

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