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2015 Signature Syrah

Polished and gracefully complex, with refined blackberry, espresso and smoked pepper flavors that glide along toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. 700 cases made.

Tim Fish | Jun 2018 | Wine Spectator

2015 SIGNATURE SYRAH

Bright medium ruby. Sexy aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry, crushed stone and violet. Doesn't offer quite the detail of the superlative 2014 model but delivers a lovely combination of sweetness and salinity. This tactile, suave wine finishes with perfectly integrated tannins and noteworthy freshness. Boasts serious spine but there's nothing dry or austere about this young Syrah. (14.4% alcohol)

STEPHEN TANZER | JUL 2018 | VINOUS.COM

2015 SIGNATURE SYRAH

This starts off all mocha and coffee grounds, somewhat blunt and turned in on itself. But with air, it lights up like a hearth, with the meatiness of air-dried beef lending savor to a core of plum and tobacco flavor, and acid-driven focus. For lamb chops. (700 cases)

OCT 2018 | Wine & SPIRITS

2015 SIGNATURE SYRAH

The 2015 Signature Syrah (which includes 2% Viognier) comes from Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, and Boushey Vineyards and was completely destemmed and aged in 20% new French oak. It’s another Rhône look alike and offers classic notes of blackberries, black olives, bacon fat, and peppery herbs. It’s medium-bodied, fresh, nicely concentrated, and balanced, with present, yet ripe, tannin. It will keep for a decade.

JEB DUNNUCK | APR 2018 | JEBDUNNUCK.COM

2015 SIGNATURE SYRAH

This wine's raspberry, cherry, herb, orange peel, coffee, smoke and spice aromas are understated. The flavors showing a very pretty sense of styling.

Sean P. Sullivan | sep 2018 | Wine Enthusiast

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2014 SIGNATURE SYRAH

(from Ciel du Cheval and Boushey vineyards; vinified with 100% destemmed fruit and aged in 25% new oak): Bright medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of raspberry, violet and game, plus a touch of lead pencil that probably comes from Ciel du Cheval. A plush, generous blueberry and raspberry fruit bomb, perfectly energized by harmonious acidity and high notes of flowers and blood orange. A wonderfully silky, sophisticated Syrah with terrific fruit preservation. Finishes savory and very long, with utterly seamless but firm tannins and uncanny vibrancy.

STEPHEN TANZER | JUL 2017 | VINOUS.COM

2014 SIGNATURE SYRAH

Readers looking for a good introduction into the Rhône-styled wines from this estate should purchase a bottle of the 2014 Syrah Signature. Incorporating 2% Viognier, it offers classic Washington State characteristics of black and blue fruits, lavender, pepper and violets in a medium to full-bodied, sweetly fruited and elegant yet pleasure-bent style that's always a joy to drink. I like it today, but it will keep nicely through 2024.

JEB DUNNUCK | JUN 2017 | 231, THE WINE ADVOCATE

2014 SIGNATURE SYRAH

Aromas of dark fruit and wood spice lead to cranberry and cherry flavors. It shows a sense of poise.

SEAN P. SULLIVAN | Jun 2017 | WINE ENTHUSIAST

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2013 SIGNATURE SYRAH

The 2013 Doyenne Syrah Signature is a beauty. Ripe, layered and nicely concentrated, with lots of black cherry and black berry fruits, smoke, peppery herbs and olives, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, polished tannin and a clean, lengthy, elegant finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It's beautiful today, but should be at its best from 2018-2025.

JEB DUNNUCK | JUN 2016 | 225, THE WINE ADVOCATE

2013 SIGNATURE SYRAH

(Upchurch did not vinify this wine with whole clusters in 2013, noting that the stems were riper in both 2015 and 2011): Bright medium ruby. Aromas of spiced plum and wild herbs showed a livelier note of raspberry with air. Suave and seamless on the palate, offering sexy, slightly high-toned flavors of raspberry and more exotic red apricot (from the Viognier?), plus a note of pastry dough. Boasts compelling sweetness and fine-grained texture. Finishes ripely tannic, smooth and long.

Stephen Tanzer | Jul 2016 | Vinous.com

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2012 SIGNATURE SYRAH

The ruby/purple colored 2012 Doyenne Syrah Signature is a classic Washington State Syrah that does everything right. Giving up vivid notes of salted blackberries, fresh plum, violets and spice, this balanced 2012 has full-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity and a clean, nicely focused finish. More fresh and lively than the Grand Ciel release, it still has rock-solid concentration and fantastic purity of fruit. Give it another year in bottle and drink it through 2027.

JEB DUNNUCK | Jun 2015 | 219, The Wine Advocate

2012 SIGNATURE SYRAH

(includes some from Grand Ciel, Ciel du Cheval and Boushey vineyards, 2% co-fermented VViognier; 25% new oak; vinified without whole clusters in 2012): Bright medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of cherry, mocha and wild herbs are lifted by high notes of clove and spearmint oil. Saline and classically dry, offering a lovely refined texture to its flavors of raspberry, fresh herbs and dark chocolate. Finishes savory and persistent, with serious building tannins. This very suave Syrah has the balance to age.

STEPHEN TANZER | JUL 2015 | VINOUS.COM

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2011 SIGNATURE SYRAH

A smoking Syrah, the 2011 Doyenne Signature Syrah (which was co-fermented with 2% Viognier) possesses a pure, incredibly elegant style to go with notions of creme de cassis, blackberry, licorice, liquid flowers and hints of wild herbs. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, balanced and integrated, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade.  

JEB DUNNUCK | JUN 2014 | 213, THE WINE ADVOCATE

2011 SIGNATURE SYRAH

(includes 2% Viognier): Bright, deep ruby. Tight, high-pitched aromas of blueberry, blackberry, licorice and black pepper. Extremely youthful and tightly wound, with brisk acidity keeping the intense black fruit, violet and pepper flavors under wraps today. Finishes with excellent length and lift but this will require patience. This wine did not include any Boushey Syrah due to the cool year.

STEPHEN TANZER | DEC 2014 | VINOUS.COM

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2010 SIGNATURE SYRAH

Also outstanding, with a deep, black fruit-driven core , the 2010 Doyenne Signature Syrah is 97.5% Syrah and 2.5% Viognier that saw roughly 30% new French oak. Smokey, meaty and peppery, with plenty of underbrush, violets, chocolate and Asian spice emerging with air, this full-bodied Syrah has superb purity of fruit, a lush, seamless texture and plenty of focus and length on the finish. Drink it over the coming decade. Drink now-2023.  

Jeb Dunnuck | Jun 2013 | 207, The Wine Advocate

2010 SIGNATURE SYRAH

(14.8% alcohol; includes 2.5% viognier): Aromas of cranberry, blackberry, pepper and fennel, along with a floral element. Creamy red fruit flavors are nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Very sexy fruit-driven syrah with sweet tannins and excellent length. Winemaker Chris Upchurch noted that following the investment in DeLille Cellars by Bacchus Capital, production here is expected to rise in a series of increments from the current 12,000 cases-per-year level.

Stephen Tanzer | Nov 2013 | Vinous.com

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2009 SIGNATURE SYRAH

Originating in Grand Ciel and Boushey vineyards and co-fermented with a dollop of Viognier from Ciel du Cheval, the 2009 Doyenne Syrah Signature delivers complex scents of black tea, violet, cherry, raspberry, lavender, and grilled red meats, a cast which reappears in a delightfully rich, polished palate performance that utterly belies the wine’s 15% alcohol. (Asked if he watered the must even to achieve that, Upchurch replied “If I was going to water, believe me I wouldn’t stop at 15%!”) The carnality as well as a subtle salinity serves for strong saliva inducement in a handsomely long and interactive finish. I suspect that this will be worth following for the better part of a decade. 

DAVID SCHILDKNECHT | DEC 2012 | 204, THE WINE ADVOCATE

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2008 SIGNATURE SYRAH

The 2008 DeLille Cellars Syrah Doyenne Signature is a blend of 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier that comes mostly from the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, but has 30% coming from Dick Boushey’s Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. It’s an outstanding Washington State Syrah and shows classic black and blue fruits, smoked game, wild herbs, lavender, and mineral qualities to go with a full-bodied, round, supple texture, solid concentration, good acidity, and excellent focus on the finish. Delicious and already approachable, this will shine for 8-10 years.

Jeb Dunnuck | JUN 2012 | Jeb Dunnuck.com

2008 SIGNATURE SYRAH

(includes a bit of viognier for its floral contribution): Full bright ruby-red. Exotic hints of orange blossom and peach perk up the red berry aromas. Very sweet and pure, with lively acidity framing and intensifying the plush raspberry and strawberry flavors. This fruit bomb of a syrah finishes broad and perfumed, with lovely violet and rose petal lift, superb length and a fine dusting of tannins. Barely suggests its 15% alcohol.

STEPHEN TANZER | NOV 2011 | VINOUS.COM

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2007 SIGNATURE SYRAH

(with 2% viognier; aged in 20% new oak) Bright medium ruby. Varietally expressive nose combines crushed dark berries, flowers, smoke and flint. Then almost shockingly fruit-driven on the palate, with a creamy lushness to the concentrated raspberry and cherry flavors and lovely floral lift. Sexy oak sweetens but does not overwhelm the wine's fruit. Finishes impressively broad, with very sweet, suave tannins. This is a compelling drink already, but I'd predict that a couple years in bottle will bring a broader spectrum of varietal elements.

STEPHEN TANZER | NOV 2010 | VINOUS.COM

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2005 SIGNATURE SYRAH

(with 3% viognier) Medium ruby-red. Black fruit aromas complicated by nuances of pepper, flowers and black olive. Sweet, sexy and fleshy, with the floral element joined by a note of apricot (from the viognier?). This concentrated syrah offers very good lift and thrust, finishing with nicely ripe tannins and noteworthy persistence. Expressive already but built to reward cellaring.

STEPHEN TANZER | NOV 2008 | VINOUS.COM

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2004 SIGNATURE SYRAH

(includes 30% co-fermented viognier; only 20% new oak was used here) Good red-ruby. Aromatic, slightly high-toned nose offers raspberry, violet, nutty oak and a hint of game. Juicy, lively and perfumed in the mouth, with pomegranate, floral and spice elements giving the wine excellent life. Finishes juicy and persistent, with sweet, fine-grained tannins. A lot more vibrant than the average Washington State syrah, and a worthy successor to the excellent 2003.

STEPHEN TANZER | NOV 2007 | VINOUS.COM

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2003 SIGNATURE SYRAH

(includes 20% co-fermented viognier) Bright ruby-red. Fascinating wild nose melds blackberry, pomegranate, white pepper, minerals, flowers and subtle spices. Firm but pliant in the mouth, with very bright, fruit-driven flavors of blueberry and blackberry. Finishes lively, firm and very long. Perhaps the mostly varietally accurate syrah to date from this winery.

STEPHEN TANZER | NOV 2006 | VINOUS.COM

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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