95 Insider Points

92-94 points - Wine Advocate

 

REVIEWS

This stuff is what Syrah lovers dream of! If I cannot get Cayuse I am 1000% satisfied with Reynvaan Syrah.

This 2014 unnamed syrah is very Rhone, yet one of a kind, a meaty/savory dream loaded with countless savory nuances like dried herbs, black olive and bacon fat! With only 13.4% alcohol this one is special, especially because it comes from the Cobblestone ancient river bed in Walla Walla. Loaded with mineraly bacon fat and dark ripe fruits it has the perfect body to acid blend that will age it for a bit. While not the best fruit in the vineyard, the Unnamed speaks to the superior quality of winemaking from Matt and Christophe. If you have never experienced any of these great Walla Walla Syrah's you are staring in the face of top tier of skill sets alongside a most unique terroir. This one left me stunned so now it is here for you. Enjoy it now!


Coming from the estate vineyard in the rocks and blend of 92% Syrah and 8% Grenache Blanc, the 2014 The Unnamed Syrah is medium-bodied, supple and lightly textured, with an understated, elegant style. Offering classic plum, peppery herbs, olive and earth aromas and flavors, it's a beautiful wine that shines for its purity and elegance. Drink it over the coming 6-8 years. ~Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, 30th Jun 2017

 

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    92% Syrah, 8% Grenache Blanc
  • APPELLATION
    Walla Walla AVA, Washington
  • ALCOHOL
    13.40%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    French oak barrels, the majority of which are neutral, 20 - 30% new and one to three year olds
  • PRODUCTION
    500 cases
  • WINDOW
    Now-2025
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

*Reynvaan has a waiting list and they do not have an online shop. This is direct and allocations only.*

Also, while you're waiting on the list to get Cayuse from Walla Walla you now have the chance to take a gander at this Syrah from the vineyards right next door, in the same soil, from the same winemaker!

Reynvaan (Pronounced "RHEIN-Van") Syrahs are hauntingly aromatic and unmistakenly northern Rhone inspired. Lavender, white pepper and meaty notes comingle with red and black fruits and berries, stone fruits and citrus rind. They exhibit both concentration and finesse. 1400 cases were produced in 2008. At full maturity the vineyards, cropped to low yields, will have the potential to produce 2500 cases annually. With prior experience working at L’Ecole 41, the Reynvaan’s son, Matt, is co-winemaker alongside Christophe Baron (of Cayuse).

For those who do not know 2017's Winemaker of the Year: What was considered by many a foolish gamble on that field of stones has been rewarded year after year with some of the most acclaimed wines in the region—and in the nation. “Those stones are the reason I’m here in Walla Walla,” Christophe says. He now has a few 100 point Wine Advocate wines under his belt to prove that his risk paid off well! Like the 2014 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Syrah blended with a bit of Viognier. See the Video below to meet him!

“In The Rocks” is Reynvaan's first vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, located in Milton-Freewater, Oregon (next to Cayuse's Cailloux Vineyard) between a cherry orchard and En Cerise Vineyard.  Described as the most unique terroir in the United States, this dried-up river bed contains large smooth river sized rocks reminiscent of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  The soils of this vineyard are the result of an alluvial fan formed by the Walla Walla River about 15,000 years ago.  This ancient riverbed of rocky soils is a world class site to grow grapes. 

There was a giant write up about Reynvaan in the March 2017 edition of Wine Spectator Magazine: Ben O’Donnell, Wine Spectator, March 31st 2017: "Rocks Stars, The Reynvaan family is making top Syrahs from distinctive soils! Article

 

Video: The Rocks of Walla Walla

TASTING NOTES 

Co-fermented with 8% Grenache Blanc, the 2014 Unnamed Syrah has lifted aromatic notes of black and blue fruits, herbs de Provence, plums, smoke and black tea.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Mike & Gale Reynvaan (pronounced RHEIN-van) founded Reynvaan Family Vineyards in 2004. Their first vineyard is located four miles southwest of Walla Walla, less than a mile north of the Oregon border. Sixteen organically cultivated acres, appropriately named “In the Rocks”, are planted in ancient riverbed cobblestones next to Cayuse’s En Cerise Vineyard. Furthermore, Cayuse owner Christophe Baron selected the land, directed it’s planting and consults on the winemaking. In the Rocks is planted to several clones of Syrah along with small parcels of Roussanne, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon. 2007 was the inaugral vintage.

A second, southwest facing hillside vineyard planted at the winery in 2007, in the
foothills of the Blue Mountains, features the same varietals as In the Rocks. “Foothills in the Sun” is one of the highest elevation vineyards in Washington State and one of her most tightly spaced. 2010 is it’s inaugral vintage.

Owning and farming the vineyards themselves allows the Reynvaans complete control of fruit quality. The Syrahs, with partial whole clusters and partially destemmed whole berries, are co-fermented with Viognier or Roussanne, or both. The wines are aged in French oak barrels, the majority of which are neutral. The remaining barrels are 20 - 30% new and one to three year olds. The vineyards are farmed and harvested with the objective of potential alcohols of 14 percent or less.

 

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Burnt Ends, yes Brisket Candy! For you amateur & pro BBQers. And Iberico de bellota- the carpaccio of Iberian acorn and truffle fed pigs! With fig and Zatar.