2010 Reynvaan "The Unnamed" Walla Walla Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Syrah The Unnamed has the most texture and fruit of the lineup. A big, full-bodied effort that never seems heavy or cumbersome, it offers up layers of Syrah-driven fruit, pepper, underbrush, iron and game to go with voluptuous, yet elegantly styled mouthfeel, no hard edges and thrilling purity. Already reasonably approachable due to its wealth of fruit, it nevertheless has the back-end structure and concentration to evolve for 12-15 years or more. Drink now-2025. Made by Matt Reynvaan, with consulting help from Christophe Baron of Cayuse, these impeccably made wines deliver unique, perfumed and complex profiles that could come from nowhere else than the Walla Walla Valley. In addition, their ability to deliver stunning richness and depth, with no apparent weight, puts them up near the top of the Washington State hierarchy. Going forward, the plan is to produce three co-fermented reds and two pure Syrahs: the Unnamed Syrah co-fermented with Grenache Blanc; the In The Rocks co-fermented with Viognier; the Contender co-fermented with Marsanne; and both the Foothills Reserve and Stonessence made from 100% Syrah. In addition to these brilliant reds, I was blown away by their whites and they are easily the most exciting white wines I was able to taste from the state. Don’t miss these wines!
Vibrant and crisp, with ripe currant and dark plum flavors washing over the crinkly tannins as the expressive finish takes hold. Hints of licorice and black olive lurk in the background. Best from 2014 through 2020. 576 cases made. (Web Only, 2013)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Subdued aromas of redcurrant, pepper and herbs; less explosive today than the In the Rocks release. Silky, suave and rich in extract but less open and sweet today than the In the Rocks, showing less of that wine's spiciness. Finishes with red berry and pepper notes and impressive length. This bottling clearly needs time, as a retaste of the 2009 bottling suggests. The 2009 may ultimately possess less energy than the 2010 but it's more aromatically complex today, showing liqueur-like strawberry and raspberry fruit complicated by pepper and gamey nuances and lifted by sexy notes of spearmint oil and garrigue.
A mineral, figgy, raspberry and licorice-inflected Syrah from a small, family-owned winery in Walla Walla. The 2010 Unnamed is already sold out at the winery, so grab a bottle while you can. The 2009 vintage of this wine received 93 points in the Wine Spectator, which called it: "Supple, generous and distinctive for its black olive and mineral overtones to a core of ripe currant and blackberry, lingering on the expressive finish against polished tannins. Drink now through 2016."