Doyenne Syrah 2004

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Doyenne is the Rhone-style wine project of Washington’s famed Delille Cellars. My several samplings of Washington syrahs have convinced me of this grape’s viability in that state, and I think there is great potential for its future development.

The nose was extremely rich and fruity with cherry cola and game aromas. The palate was a big punch of fruit, cassis and chocolate, with a very long back end. On its own, this was good but not fantastic and I think needs a little more work (or perhaps a better vintage). However, when paired with braised lamb this was a beauty – the lamb bringing out an intense mocha flavour and complimenting the richness of the wine very nicely.

Very Good+ (on its own)

Excellent (with braised lamb)

$55 USD ($80 CDN) purchased in Seattle


  1. Joe
    October 24, 2008

    I’m a huge fan of Syrah (or CDP) with lamb, the pairing is really perfect. Actually use that for gamey dishes as well.

  2. Shea
    October 24, 2008

    Yes, Syrah and Lamb (especially Braised) is a perfect match.

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