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Community Tasting Notes (68) Avg Score: 92.8 points

  • Day 1/2: Not much movement and the worst of the lot of these purchased on auction. Super light wine with raspberries, stone, muted olives and earth. Not much going on with this bottle. Simple and past peak on this one. 83 points

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  • cool climate Syrah. more red fruited than the savory darker fruit than I would have liked. solid but was hoping for more from this producer. quite funky at first that eventually settled down but never really went away

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  • Day 1: One of the leading experts in the world on Reynvaan this delivers again. Black olives, tar, blueberries, spice, dried meats and exotic spices. Excellent. 94 points
    Day 2: A touch less intense on day 2. Stone, tar, blueberries, sour cherry, dried meats, olives and white pepper. Still solid but drink up on day 2 for sure. 92 points
    Recommendation: These will drink well through 2027.

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  • Still takes 3 hours to open. Even better on second night.

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  • Always enjoyed the Reynvaan offerings, but this was my first time with their Contender. It is co-fermented with Marsanne (as opposed to the traditional Viognier). 97 Syrah/3 Marsanne. Quick one-hour double decant.

    I opened this alongside a 2015 No Girls Grenache and while there were obvious similarities in profile, this was distinctly different and the preferred wine from the group. Both sport the classical “funk” of Rocks district Rhône varietals, with perfumed dark florals, black olive and smoked meat. The co-ferment obviously lends toward a more aromatic wine but the palate was even more intriguing. Again, classical notes of peppered strip, spiced raspberries and blackberries, but the texture brought about a sweet-tangy finish as opposed to the typical overly savory profile of similar wines. It’s a note I’ve gotten on older Cote-Rotie wines and I love it. Drinking beautifully. Acidity is still vibrant and food pairs wonderfully at this point. Followed over two days and no change. Pop and enjoy.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Focus on Washington: Hot Times in the Desert (Nov 2016), 11/1/2016, (See more on Vinous...)

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