93 Insider Points
We’ve been promoting wines from Del Rio for years, these wine coming out of the Rogue Valley are top quality and very expressive of place. For the Syrah, expect a nose of dried tobacco and smoke, with violet and crushed black pepper, the wine has a very interesting bouquet of dried flowers and mediterranean herbs. The palate is rich and juicy with a firm structure and great tannic presence, with a dense and prolonged finish. This one comes highly recommended, drink now through 2020. - DZ Oct, 2014
Rohue Valley, Oregon
When invino Founder, Tony Westfall goes in search of new, cool wines, good things happen. Here, he discovered a hidden gem in Southern Oregon, and he convinced them to share their new release Syrah with Members. We can't heap enough praise on this wine. It's got all of the complexity and food-friendliness we've come to expect from the region's Syrah with the added benefit of being a wine you're probably the first on your block to have. If you're ready to get turned on to an amazing Oregon wine, start here. Quantities are limited.
Reasons We Love it:
Although the winery is Oregon through and through, their winemaker grew up making Muscadet wines in France's Loire Valley alongside his family. Here, he learned to insist upon the terroir, and his Del Rio wines reflect that philosophy. He crafts wines that are richly textured, balanced and that reflect the work of the grower.
The first vines in the Rogue River Valley were planted in the 1840s, giving this under-the-radar region a history that most wine drinkers are probably unaware of. In fact, it didn't get its own appellation designation until 2001! The massive Rogue River dominates the landscape, and it has left a wide variety of soil types and microclimates in its path. The vines for Del Rio benefit from good drainage and sunny summer days.
Syrah to Savor.
The proof is in the wine! It was love at first sip, and we are all going rogue for its blackberry and cherry flavors, meaty notes and toasty oak. You're missing out if you don't pair it with your next rack of lamb.
The intense and complex nose displays ripe and juicy fruits such as blackberry and cherry along with a spicy hint of freshly grounded white pepper and nutmeg. The nose is elevated by the fresh scent of rosemary and eucalyptus. The intensity is carried to the mouth with meaty notes, smooth tannins and toasty oak flavors. The bright cherry fruit and balanced acidity add to the complexity of the mouth feel.
Del Rio Vineyards looks over Southern Oregon's Rogue River between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges. Their soil, rolling hills, alluvial fans, and southern exposure comprise a foundation for great wine making. They build on this foundation through a grower's sensitivity to the land and a winemaker's intuition. With over 200,000 vines producing a diverse selection of grape varieties, Del Rio produces premium estate wines and is a key supplier for fine winemakers. Their unique blend of climate and terrain afford their grapes the elusive quality sought by vintners everywhere.
Del Rio began its existence as the small community of Rock Point, founded by J.B. White in the early 1850's. John fought in the Rogue Indian Wars from 1855-1856, serving under Captain William A. Wilkinson. In exchange for his services, he received land. He was appointed as a judge in the Dardanelles precinct in 1857 and two years later established the post office in Rock Point.
J.B. White developed a homestead on the north side of the stage road after the flood of 1861-1862 destroyed the bridge over the Rogue River and his home on the south side of the river. In 1863, John decided to open a store and sold his homestead to L.J. White. The cost of the property and improvements was $2,000. Soon after, L.J. decided to establish his own hotel at the edge of his property. He immediately began work on a new bridge and in 1864 construction began on the Rock Point Hotel. On February 8, 1865, the hotel opened to the public with a grand ball. The name of the architect, or primary builder is not known, but evidence suggests that John Campbell was responsible for the construction. L.J. simultaneously established one of the first telegraph stations in the area when the hotel opened.
Pair with beef, lamb, and game or blackend meaty fish such as salmon and tuna. We also recommend a variety of cheeses, such as cheddar, goat, aged gouda, grueyere, and camembert.