Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wine Review & Rating: ****+ $$$$ DeLille Cellars Doyenne Syrah, Yakima Valley, WA, 2007

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Initial review, by way of background: This is DeLille Cellars Doyenne Syrah, Yakima Valley, WA, 2007, finished at 14.9% alcohol.  Washington State has been doing some impressive work in recent years with classic red varietals.  Let's see how this syrah works out...

In the glass: Dark magenta with purple highlights, opaque about 3/4 inch in from the edge. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows a deep, creamy, dark eucalyptus fruit mashed with oak.  A red berry element still manages to poke through. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are an extraordinary layered, peppery, rich, savory, sweet and furry attack in the middle of your mouth.  It brings waves of deeply ripe red fruits, black cherries and black raspberry liqueur.  The finish glides forever on the higher alcohol, but the flavors rest and slowly settle in your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale as I would stick with Doyenne for an entire evening, with a plus for its bright, awesome layers.  Excellent choice in a premium price syrah.

Following long decant, four days kept cool under vacuum in partially filled bottle:  Consistent, mashed, fresh red fruit on the nose.  Palate seems brighter red, but still carries the elements described above.  Decant has not improved the outstanding wine, nor diminished it. And even longer decant, two more days in partially filled bottle, without vacuum:  Now even brighter still, on both nose and palate.  A touch of alcohol coming through too.  Like Rip Van Winkle, though, seems to be able to sleep a really long time without distress. 

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