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2017 Reynvaan The Contender Syrah

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

94Wine Spectator

Impressive for the deep yet polished structure and distinctive crushed rock accents that highlight the richly layered black raspberry, licorice and smoky cracked pepper flavors.

94+ Jeb Dunnuck

...complex bouquet of black raspberries, smoked game, spring flowers, and hints of violets. Beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, and ethereal on the palate, it shines for its complexity and nuances just as much as its richness and length.

93The Wine Advocate

Beginning with an open and accessible nose...rich and round with no hard edges. Elements of black pepper, black raspberry and blackberry reduction fill the glass along with hints of dusty lavender petals. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is expressive with an open-knit core of ripe fruit, balanced structure and lifting tannins. Concluding with a rich and complex finish, flavors of black raspberry, black tea and peppercorn linger on the palate. Delicious.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Rich nose – lots of dark fruit and spice and a currant note. Full and ripe with notes of smoke and rubber. Full ripe style, but has a streak of acidity to revive it.

REGION

United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla Valley AVA likes to call itself the Napa Valley of Washington, and given the concentration of well-reviewed wineries in the appellation, the comparison is understandable. The Walla Walla appellation is comprised of 340,000 acres, of which 1,200 acres are vineyards. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington and it extends slightly into northeastern Oregon. It is named after the Walla Walla River Valley, and the city of Walla Walla is the commercial center of Washington’s wine industry. The city was founded in the 1840s by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a trading post, but as early as the 1850s farmers were planting grapes for winemaking. Prohibition shuttered winemaking in the early 20th century, but a winemaking renaissance started in the 1970s when Leonetti Cellars, still one of the state’s most acclaimed wineries, started producing acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla’s AVA status was awarded in 1984 and today there are more than 100 wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape, followed by Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese Chardonnay and Viognier.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.