2017 Force Majeure Syrah Force Majeure Vineyard, USA, Washington, Red Mountain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$72.00USD

A fantastic Washington state Syrah.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black pepper, black raspberries with some roasted meats.  Full bodied. Wonderful almost seamless texture.  On the palate, lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying char.  Long finish.  Delicious.  This will continue to mature for another seven to ten years and drink well for twelve to fifteen after that.  It drinks well on its own and will require bigger flavors (less as it matures).  Spicy foods are a nice match.  

2015 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah Foothills Reserve, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$77.00USD

This is 100% Syrah from Washington state.  Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is boysenberry, black pepper, slight roasted meats and a hint of burnt rubber.  Medium to full bodied.  Delicious.  On the palate, lush black raspberry fruit with underlying char.  Also some black pepper.  Very smooth.  Long finish.  This is still young and will no doubt continue to improve for another five to seven years.  It should drink well for ten to fifteen more after that.  Drinks well on its own and will work with bigger foods especially roasts or off the grill.  

2017 K Vintners Syrah Milbrandt Vineyard, Washington, Wahluke Slope, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is a bigger wine, but for the K Vintners lineup, it seemed less oversized than usual.  That is neither good nor bad, just a frame of reference.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, roasted meats and slight rubber note.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, nice black raspberry fruit with underlying char.  Medium tannins.  Lots of depth.  Delicious.  Nice finish.  This should improve a bit over the next five years and drink well for another seven to ten after that.  Great on its own, this would work well with charcuterie.  

2017 No Girls Grenache La Paciencia Vineyard. USA, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$120.00USD

From the folks at Cayuse.  Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, strawberries, slight earthiness and a hint of floral notes.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, the black cherry and strawberries come thru big time.  A slight dry earthiness underneath.  This is ripe but not over done.  Good finish.  This could use a few years to develop more and should drink well for eight to ten after that.  Nice on its own, with age it will work well with roasted fowl.  

2017 No Girls Double Lucky #8, USA, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

This is apparently a new wine from No Girls that was sent free to those members on the Mailing List.  A Zoom tasting was held for people to try it although a friend brought this bottle to a separate event.  Pop and pour.  It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo.  Almost black in color, more ruby towards the rim.  The nose has that burnt rubber smell so prevalent in many Washington Syrahs.  Also, some slight barnyard, black raspberries and black cherries.  Medium bodied if not a bit thinner.  On the palate, this is a nice quaff.  Somewhat one dimensional with nice black cherry fruit

2014 K Vintners Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard, Washington, Wahluke Slope, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

Inky purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, spice and cedar.  On the palate, ripe black raspberry fruit with a slight sour cherry note.  Medium tannins.  Long finish.  This is a big wine but not over done.  It is just starting to calm down a bit as it enters middle age.  This is drinking well now and should continue to drink well for another seven to ten years.  This would work well with Indian food including yellow curries.

2015 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah Foothills Reserve, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

Reynvaan makes some great Syrah's in Washington state.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with boysenberries, slight burnt rubber, black pepper and slight bacon fat.  Full bodied.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, the boysenberries come thru over a nice minerality.  Long finish.  This is drinking well right now.  it is not robust but very concentrated.  Drink over the next eight to ten years.  This will work well with Indian food or stews.  

2016 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah High Contrast Vineyard, USA, Washington, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$158.00USD

Apparently, one of the reasons for the name is that these vineyards are tended to with the use of horses.  This was tasted side by side with the Tribe.  Of course, which you like better is personal taste but this seems much more backwards at this point.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, white pepper, slight bacon fat, and clean char.  Medium to full bodied.  Firm tannins.  The palate has more boysenberry fruit with the underlying char coming thru.  It is tightly packed, but intense.  It probably needs ano0ther five years to open and maybe five afte

2016 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard, USA, Washington, Walla Walla,

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$140.00USD

From the same people who make Cayuse in Washington state.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, black olives, roasted meat, and black pepper.  Very enticing.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is still young with medium to firm tannins.  Nice black raspberry fruit.  Big, but more youthful than a fruit bomb.  If served blind, I think I guess a young Cornas rather than Washington.  Nice finish.  I have no real experience to judge ageability of these wines, but it seems like it need another five years or so, and then should be good for ten or fifteen more. 

2019 Sineann Zinfandel Old Vine, USA, Washington, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$39.00USD

Peter Rosback releases his wines early, so it is nice to get a taste.  These are from a vineyard that is about one hundred years old and was reclaimed around 20 years ago.  It is an interesting take on a grape not often found in those parts.  This years version seems a bit lighter on the fruit with a nice spicy quality to it.  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose has cherries, cinnamon, baking spices and slight sour cherry note.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, this is a bit softer in texture.  Light tannins.  Cherry fruit with underlying spice.  This is bottled under screwcap.  Of course

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