Bottle Notes, Syrah

2009 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Reynvaan Family Vineyards is a small family owned winery started by Mike and Gale Reynvaan in May of 2004 in Walla Walla, Washington. They initially purchased a 37 acre parcel of land on Cottonwood Road at the base of the Blue Mountains. Their son Matt is the winemaker and Christophe Baron of Cayuse has served as a consultant. Reynvaan Family Vineyards is dedicated to creating fine wines exclusively from the terroir of Walla Walla Valley.

In The Rocks Vineyard is in the Walla Walla Valley, located in Milton-Freewater, Oregon between a cherry orchard and En Cerise Vineyard.

Crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. Funky nose of game, olives, bacon fat and smoke. Medium body with medium acidity. Plush, powerful and concentrated. Sour cherries, barbecued meat, soy sauce and minerals on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. The Syrah just screams the “Rocks District” and is reminiscent of the early Cayuse wines. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The Reynvaan mailing list is not quite full. Well connected buyers can also find the wines at retail. One of the most exciting wineries in Washington. Proceed accordingly.

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