Community Tasting Notes (49) Avg Score: 93.3 points

  • Medium-dark purple color, with aromas of dark fruit, violets, and a hint of cedar. Flavors of blueberry and plum, layered with seamless transitions to blackberry, and cardamom, and milk chocolate, with espresso on the long finish. Medium-full bodied, with fully soft and integrated tannins, smooth, seamless, balanced, delicious, and elegant for a Syrah. I'm much more used to fuller bodied Syrah, which I also like, but this has a balance and restraint that is very welcome. Drink now, no need to wait, but it's got years ahead too.

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  • Drinking well.

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  • Very dark color with very thin red rim. Slight funk on nose but down from earlier. Beautiful mouth feel. Deep, dark, rich flavors. Blood, animal fur, tar. Long finish. Lovely! Drinking well! Possibly near peak.

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  • i was surprised by the nose - I had expected a lot of funky aromas, but while it was certainly there it played more of a background note to the dark fruits. Rich and weighty on the palate, no apparent heat in the finish, which had good length. To my taste it is in a real sweet spot right now.
    Bottle purchased from the winery at release and maintained in a cool cellar for the past 6 years.

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  • On night 1, super funk on the nose & palate (bacon, animal fur, olives), and on night 2 the wine opened up to nice dark fruit flavors. Wine is drinking well now, but certainly can age for many more years. Northern Rhone style.

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  • Camphor and dark fruit on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, blackberry, and intense bitter olive tapenade, with saline and beef blood notes and light tannins on the medium finish, with moderate acidity. The tapenade note had an almost metallic quality on opening that faded with time. Although this is complex and interesting, it's not as well balanced as some other vintages. It was an average to good value at about $55.

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  • I’ve been fortunate to try quite a few different offerings from this vintage from Reynvaan and this is the most funk driven I’ve come across (as expected for the fruit source). Up front there is a lot of bacon fat, Olive tapenade, peppered teriyaki beef jerky and underripe blackberries on the nose...typical Rocks funk. On the palate, NRhone like with the lightness while retaining power. Cracked black pepper, blue fruit, bay leaf, iron and tangy red fruit finish. Nice acidity. More iron as it opens. Benefits from food as the savory-ness begs for a compliment to cut through it. Very nice example of Rhône style Syrah from Walla Walla.

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  • Much more accessible than the Cayuse. Grilled herbs, smoked meats, blend of dark and red fruits with floral lifts. Sweet cigar tobacco on the palate. Less longevity than the Cayuse, but better to drink now.

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  • Excellent, Well made Wine. I still feel like the Rocks/Metallic tastes detracts from the Varietal character of the wine. My wife and daughter are less bothered by this so maybe my palate is overly sensitive to this taste.

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  • Lots of funk on the nose with great blueberry, olive and bacon notes

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  • Two bottles of this were opened recently at a work function at a pedestrian lauded corporate steakhouse. Both bottles were in fine shape and totally approachable with excellent service on pop and pour. Soft plush acids and tannins support the classic Rocks AVA character. Tannin and acids were almost not sufficient to negotiate the ridiculous protein served. (in many ways a compliment, but also a suggestion... drink with leaner more refined meat). These were tasty and provided ample fodder for intense discussion.

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  • Similar to my last note.

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  • Decanted one hour. Very good fruit with green olives and Rocks funk. Some tannins were evident, suggesting that this wine might well have a longer cellar life than previously thought. Definitely stood out among 20 bottles at an all-syrah tasting.

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  • Olive plum blackberry bitter chocolate.
    Intense. Soft and ready now.

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  • Six bottles of this wine over the last 4 years. This is, in some ways, the most enjoyable but it seems as if the wine is declining. In contrast to a note I wrote a year and a half ago, this bottle is softer and more plush in every aspect. Tannins are quite soft thought carrying a nice bite at the end along with a classically syrah pepperiness. Really soft mouth feel though after the wine was open an hour it somehow gained weight. Good depth and concentration. All in all a lovely wine but drinking a bit older than its stated age. My favorite aspect is a tarriness that builds on the finish and lingers along with some of that lovely funk.

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  • Opened and decanted, poured a small sip. Big and harsh without food.
    In a short time it had smoothed some but still had the rocks funk that can be a bit harsh upon opening. During dinner it smoothed out a bit and three hours later it was very enjoyable.

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  • Five Vintages of Jaboulet La Chapelle (Sonoita, AZ): So, here is the “sleeper”. I enjoyed this wine too, but this was less of a food wine than the La Chapelle vintages. Blackberry, mushroom and forest floor on the nose with sort of a grape hard candy component. The fruit on the palate became blackberry and grape jelly with a really interesting savory black/green olive tapenade that persisted, moving to dark chocolate on the mid-palate and finish. Good, rich intensity, but less tannin than I would prefer. The medium plus acidity added structure. This was most definitely made with a Northern Rhone profile in mind… tending towards a New World approach that brings more fruit and a softer feel. If structure is your thing (like me), this wine was reaching the end of its drinking window. I would say 2015 – 2020. Not enough tannin, or acidity to be more than a (better) fruity cocktail wine after 10 years. Keep in mind, a value comparison is in order too. This wine is a third of the price (or less) compared to recent vintages of the La Chapelle.

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  • Very dark. Big, funky nose on opening with a wild almost bretty quality. Clearly very young. Used Vinturi to aerate and the funk was softened. Rich, big, smooth. Great mouth feel. Intense, lovely syrah. Great finish.

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  • I've noticed that a lot of Washington wines have amazing mojo if you drink a glass, air pump, and finish the rest on day 2. I've never been able to lay off finishing a Reynvaan until yesterday. It was amazing today. Give some thought to spreading out the pleasure in this way, if you have the discipline.

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  • Very similar experience to neecies 8/17 note. Wide bottom decant for an hour and rebottled after four hours. This was slightly disappointing for me because I know how good this bottling can be. There was a bitter note that usually disappears with patience, but this time it was still there when I recorked the bottle. The next day it was very subdued. Unfortunately this was my only 12. This showed typical ‘in the rocks’ out of the gate but never came around.

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  • DBYOB (stockholm): Meaty, with kalamata olives and lots of complexity. This is just fantastic! Velvety and fresh and just great to drink right now. I thought about Luke Lambert and Arnot-Roberts first, but there is more sweetness behind all the structure and salinity. Goes to show the greatness of this estate.

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  • DBYOB (Don't Bring Your Own Bottle) (Stockholm, Sweden): Charcuterie, iron, heat, fruity

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  • Great bottle, though I would recommend not storing overnight. Much of the fruit faded and the more earthy and primal flavors took over. Garrigue, iron, game. quite medicinal. First night it was fantastic. Great balance of fruit and funk. Long finish.

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  • This was just outstanding. This wine has everything. Deep dark color with a great mix cherry fruit and minearality. The flavors are well integrated and continue into a deep finish that just begs to for more wine.

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  • Pnp'd last night. Looking back at my note of May '16 on a more exuberant bottle confirms that this wine's asleep. Grumpy charcoal and meat flavors govern, and there's essentially no fruit on display. Let it rest.

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  • Well, as my wife says, "That Reynvaan is good." And this one is to me in the sanctum sanctorum category. Real push and pull -- meaty and fruity; salty minerals and leather; bright and deep, all at the same time. For a reliable, go to bottle of savory, classy flavor I don't think I would trade my remaining four bottles for any sub-$100 wine out there, and there are a lot that command a three-digit price that I wouldn't consider trading for either.

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  • This followed a Courbis Cornas Champelrose and the wines are poles apart. Yet, the Reynvaan is very northern Rhone in style - funky, meaty, bloody but with brilliant aromatics and a deep charcoal on the finish that makes you never want it to go away. Few tannins, good acidity. Lovely wine.

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  • Dark purple. Roasted cured ham and funk on the nose. Bright fruit and sanguine notes on the palate. Very northern Rhône. Nice.

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  • Very dark purple. In the Rocks funky nose over bright fruit. Huge, thick mouth feel. Red and black fruit over black pepper, rocks, minerals, and funk. Long, intense finish. A formidable wine that is drinking well and has many years of life left

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  • Super disappointed - that this is my last bottle. Massive finish loads of cherry and tobacco/funk. Give it at least an hour to go into full beast mode.

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  • GOOSEBUMPS, man! This thing is changing, and it ain’t for the worse! I’m almost in tears right now… but then again that much is the same.

    So glad I made detailed notes a year ago to see where it’s going. The Chinatown roast pork shop is still open for business with a line out the door, but there is clearly more dark berry fruit on both the nose and palate and the olive nuance is present but not nearly as prominent as a year ago. Almost like the olives and fruit have swapped places in line. It’s also relaxing and filling out and the finish is longer than remembered. A tiny harmless spike of heat which I don’t recall (this faded).

    Dang. I just opened this to off-gas for a hour before sharing it at a small wine gathering, but I’m seriously considering bailing out at the last minute (THAT guy) and just stretching out on the couch with some Lovecraft, a big glass, and this incredible bottle of wine. Ehhhh I’ll go. The boys are gonna LOVE this.

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  • Opened for Sue. Fruit, roasted meat, and seductive funk in balanced, equal measure. Captivating aromas, silky tannins, and medium acidity make it glorious for current drinking, no decanting required. Doesn't have the stuffing of an 08 or a 10--curious where it will go in time.

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  • Just outstanding. I said I would wait a year to try again but could not hold out. In the Rocks is the only Reynvaan I have tried so far (I have resisted opening the others) and I couldn't be more pleased. Only complaint - light on the alcohol content, but that is typical for the Washington wines. I am still getting tons of tobacco and lots of pepper showing up on the huge finish.

    Decanted through an aerator for an hour plus. As others have commented, it's a crime to not let it open up at this age.

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  • pretty identifiable nose on the first night. iron, meat, funk, dark reds. enjoyable texture and finish. I was looking forward to its development overnight. Much of the fruit has dissipated from the nose, and has given way to some heat. palate is more earthy, still enjoyable, but for different reasons. I'm hoping for more complexity over time, because as it drinks today, it's not a very good value.

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  • Another great vintage for this cuvee. Rich, heady, and exotic. The usual melange of bacon fat, liqueur and minerality. Hits all the right notes.

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  • I love the funk.

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  • Very, very good. Nose has lots going on and then the taste hits you! Excellent!

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  • Do you enjoy Syrah from the Northern Rhone region? Cote Rotie AOC perhaps?

    If you have enjoyed a quality bottle from the Northern Rhone and added it to your “wines of distinction” list (like I have) seek out a bottle of Reynvaan Syrah and experience a domestic producer that understands this style well. Everything about the Reynvaan wine speaks “Northern Rhone”… meatiness, earthy, floral. Many casual wine drinkers I have introduced to this style have had a difficult time wrapping their heads around it. My wife tasted this wine tonight and immediately said, “this is good… wait, I don’t think I like it.” This is that kind of wine – soft, supple, appealing… until the complexity shows on the palate… and you wonder, “is wine supposed to taste like this?”

    Tasting this wine in the first hour after opening is a shame… the real wine doesn’t reveal itself until the 3rd and 4th hour. Tasting note after 4 hours open:

    The nose carries strong raw meat aromas, with blackberry and mulberry fruit, floral violets and a touch of nail polish. The wine is fruit forward on the palate with blackberry and black currant, has a dark chocolate mid-palate and a floral violet with oily tar finish. After four hours, some of the freshness of the fruit is lost, but the classic Northern Rhone profile is revealed… that oily texture and tar finish. Wow, for 25% – 50% less than Cote Rotie, this wine can be acquired in the U.S. The wine has medium-high acidity, but only medium tannins. The lack of tannins throws the balance off a bit, but the plush, oily texture is right on. This is a well-made wine from a vineyard managed to produce fruit to match this style. The evolution of flavors and textures in the last four hours leads me to believe you should give this some time in the bottle to realize its true potential: peak drinking window 2017-2018. This is not a wine I would choose to experiment with for extended bottle aging.

    Well done! If Matt Reynvaan could have squeezed a bit more tannin from the skins/stems, this would have been world class, at the absolute pinnacle of wines made in this style.

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  • PnP. Notes of purple plum, charcuterie (spiced salumi, prosciutto), iron, hot brick, olive brine (saline), pomegranate, charcoal, and violets. After a two hour decant, the flavors became a touch more bold. Will be even better in a few years.

    For those who are familiar with Reynvaan, Cayuse, Horsepower, and other Washington Syrahs, this flavor profile for a Syrah is not atypical. The 2012 Reynvaan In the Rocks has more complexities at the moment than its 2012 sister wines, and is also the most accessible.

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  • Vinopia sortimentsprovning (AG, stockholm): exuberant syrah, ripe fruit but still fresh and elegant and very symphonic in how it brings all the fruit and pieces together. Could go for a long time I feel. Strongly recommended!

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  • Reynvaan horizontal tasting notes - Nice nose of olives, menthol, stems and tropical fruits. The palate showed minerals, sagebrush, sweet fruits and with a nice weight. The WOTN and one of my top wines too.

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  • Five White Whales and Two Unicorns Tasting @ A & J's: This appropriately named offering drinks like liquefied rocks, along with strong pepper, olive, mint, herb, meaty, sanguine, and tar notes. Complex texture, elegant mouthfeel, inflection changing, profound finish.

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  • Unfined and unfiltered medium ruby with a wild purple streak. With the first pour, exotic aromas of bologna sandwich, pastis, violet candy, wild herbs growing by the roadside, smoldering campfire embers, and assorted olives leap out at you. It's one of the most interesting and primal noses I've encountered on an American wine, and memories of the only Cayuse and Reynvaan I've tried prior (both courtesy of Matt Scott) come flooding back. Amazing how smells can be wormholes to the past.

    All the above is on the palate, joined by black and green olive, bbq pork, and pink rose petal for days. There is little to no presence of oak, and perfect acidity. Too primal to be feminine, and complex nearly beyond words but never heavy on the palate. Some shy black currant hiding in the shade under all the funk. This perfumed savage is surely not for all, but it's sure as hell for me. Medium bodied. Wonderful balance. No trace of pumped up artificial acidity. Finish is not incredibly long but so intriguing that you go back to the glass immediately over and over again. And this is all just PnP!

    After pump stoppered and decanted the next day it mellowed out considerably, and showed a bit of mocha, blueberry, and a hint of (not overpowering) new oak vanilla bean. But all stayed in perfect balance. I'm thrilled to have 3 more of these and doubt I'll age them much: the structure for 10 years is there, but not sure how much better it could possibly get. It's drinking so well now!

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  • Outstanding! Loads of cherry and I also get tobacco. Huge finish. I will wait to drink the others, maybe next year. But outstanding and my first Reynvaan. Can't wait to try the others.

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  • Hints of orange peel and wild flowers. Bright, fresh and lots of energy. This is unlike any other Syrah I've ever tasted. It is a fascinating and intriguing wine that is just way too young to evaluate now. But this will be fascinating to follow over the years. Bravo to the Reynvaan Family.

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  • Delicious wine. Excellent nose, Cayuse-like. Nice mouth feel, balance. Will benefit from more age in bottle. Wait another couple of years to try again.

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  • Very very good. Young but several layers to this wine.

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  • Decided to get on Reynvaan's allocation list.

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  • Tight tight. As to be expected but I couldn't wait. All bundled up with a small glimpse of whats hiding beneath.

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