Doyenne Syrah 2004
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
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