Delmas Syrah SJR Vineyard 2017
Greatly nuanced, and complex. SJR vineyard is really hitting its stride. There is a noticeable pick up in flavor density without accompanying heaviness. The aromatics are enthralling: kirsch, black plums, grilled herbs, wild flowers, hoisin, nutmeg, star anise, and blackstrap molasses. The richly fruited palate with accompanying savory elements captures one’s attention and interest. The primary fruit flavors of framboise, kirsch, and black plum are nicely counterbalanced with notes of white pepper, smoked game, bacon fat, baking spices, and black truffle. The finish is very long, and echoes notes of wildflowers, Asian spices, black truffle, and bacon fat. If you are able to show patience you will be rewarded with additional complexity each year. The wine should reach maturity in approximately 8-10 years and hold for approximately 15+ years.
91.5% Syrah, 8.5% Viognier from SJR Vineyard
340 Cases Produced
Owen Bargreen, 97 pts: A true heavyhitter, the 2017 Delmas Syrah is entirely sourced from their estate SJR Vineyard in the Walla Walla Rocks AVA, deftly managed by Brooke Robertson. Crafted by superstar winemaker Billo Naravane, MW, the wine is a stunning blend of 91.5% Syrah with the reminder Viognier. Aged for 14 months in 60% new French oak (Troncais) prior to bottling, this needs about an hour of air exposure in order to evolve to its full unveiling. The nose is nothing short of intoxicating, yielding some insanely good range. Potpourri, Umami, pipe tobacco, cedar, and shades of cran-orange aromas all create an amazing effect in the glass. The heady aromas push you back to the glass for more. The texture its astoundingly good, giving off a sexy, silky edge. Red cherry candy, Umami, Hoisin sauce, Asian spice and guava with citrus rind accents as well as shades of black truffle with minerals and stony accents all complete this scintillating new wine. While remarkable in its youth, this will evolve well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029