2008 Doyenne "Signature" Columbia Valley Syrah (Previously $50)
*Highly Recommended* Focused, intense and detailed, with layers of flavor on a taut, lively frame. Offers star anise, tar, floral and dried sage overtones to the blackberry, Italian plum and espresso flavors, lingering enticingly on the energetic finish. Best from 2013 through 2018. 1,400 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Signature Syrah contains 2% Viognier with 70% of the fruit coming from Red Mountain and 30% from the Boushey Vineyard in Yakima Valley. Aromas of pomegranate, black raspberry, smoked meat, game, and pepper lead to a complex, succulent, velvety-textured Syrah with exceptional balance and length. Drink it through 2023.
Cofermented with 2% Viognier, this elegant Syrah rests on a base of toast, coffee grounds, loam and savory herbs. The fruit—pie cherries and plums—is subservient to the details of earth, mushroom and leather. All is beautifully integrated, balanced and long. A wine to savor.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full bright ruby-red. Exotic hints of orange blossom and peach perk up the red berry aromas. Very sweet and pure, with lively acidity framing and intensifying the plush raspberry and strawberry flavors. This fruit bomb of a syrah finishes broad and perfumed, with lovely violet and rose petal lift, superb length and a fine dusting of tannins. Barely suggests its 15% alcohol.
Doyenne is the second label of Bordeaux-blend focused DeLille Cellars, applied to their Rhone-style wines.