Top 100 ~ 2017

Dr. Owen Bargreen rates the 2015 Delmas in the Top 100.

95 points.

“A perfumed, very silky, complex Syrah for Clos de Beze lovers...”


Vinous and Steve Tanzer recognize Delmas as consistently superb.

Seattle Met ~ "The Wine World Is Losing Its Mind Over Washington Syrah."

Delmas is positioned as the #3 Syrah in the Northwest. 

Jeb Dunnuck ~ "Another great vintage for this cuvee..."

Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck, once again, rewards SJR's distinctive expression of a 'Rocks District' Syrah.

95 Points.

Sean Sullivan ~ "Superb stuff, with an emphasis on elegance."

Wine Enthusiast acknowledges the 2014 Delmas as a great achievement.

94 points.

Washington Wine Blog ~ Annual Top 100

Dr. Owen Bargreen rates Delmas as #8 on his Top 100 list of 2016.

96 points.

Elaine Chukan Brown ~ Making Rocks District Syrah

Billo Naravane makes two distinctive wines from SJR Vineyard that highlight the unique terroir of Walla Walla Valley's first sub AVA. 

Paul Zitarelli ~ “This vintage of Delmas Syrah is the best yet!”


Longtime fan of Delmas Syrah, Paul Zitarelli, has an excellent write up of the latest vintage. "This is an extremely exciting project coming out of the Walla Walla rocks, and I fully expect them to wind up selling most or all of their wine through their list".

Stephen Tanzer ~ “The nose of this wine alone can make the case for The Rocks District as a potentially world-class site for Syrah.”


Vinous, and Stephen Tanzer, honor elegance and balance.

Jeb Dunnuck ~
“Easily one of the wines of the estate that should be on your radar.”

Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck rewards SJR's distinctive expression of a 'Rocks District' Syrah.

95 points.

Wine & Spirits ~ 50 Masters of Place

Delmas was selected to represent The Rocks District by Dr. Kevin Pogue, who chose six Syrah wines to represent the differing terroirs of Walla Walla Valley.

Jancis Robinson ~ Elaine Chukan Brown visits the Rocks District

Internationally-reaching Jancis Robinson wine website features two articles on wines from Walla Walla. Elaine Chukan Brown offers Tasting Notes for the 2012 and 2013 Delmas Syrah and takes an early look at the 2015 harvest, having chatted with Steve Robertson of SJR Vineyard and Delmas.

Washington Wine Blog ~ Delmas Interview

Steve Robertson

Dr. Owen Bargreen’s (Washington Wine Blog) interview with Steve and Brooke while exploring SJR Vineyard. The WWB’s Top 100, 18th rated wine of 2015 (2013 Delmas Syrah) provided an opportunity to tour the estate vineyard with the good Dr. and share the Delmas vision for the future.

Stephen Tanzer ~ “Utterly distinctive... Amazingly strong”


Arguably the toughest critic on the planet, Stephen Tanzer (Vinous), has just published a rave review of our 2013 Delmas Syrah using some choice words; "Utterly distinctive" and "Amazingly strong".

93 points.

Seattle Met Top 100 ~ Delmas Syrah ranks #5

With over 1000 wines reviewed, Syrah proved to be the year’s big star with the 2012 'The Rocks District' dominating the rankings. Delmas was ranked #5  this year...garnering the #1 ranking of the 2013 Syrah’s.

Wine Enthusiast, 10/2015

Both the current and previous vintage of Delmas Syrah were honored with 93 and 94 points respectively. Sean Sullivan describes Delmas Syrah this way; "It’s a complete head turner that shows a true sense of place."

Northwest Wine Night Interviews Steve

Steve Robertson of Delmas is the featured interview by Northwest Wine Night in Episode 83. The interview explores one of the newest AVAs of the Northwest: The Rocks District. Steve explains what makes the region unique, and why you should consider visiting.

Northwest Vine Time features Steve

Northwest native, wine aficionado, and radio personality Brian Bushlach interviews Steve Robertson of Delmas about America's newest and most exciting AVA, "The Rocks District" of Milton-Freewater. This is not only a great background primer on the region and it's unique terroir, but a synopsis of the winemaking approach behind Delmas Syrah. Click the link to hear the interview.

Matthew Likes Delmas

”Matthews’s World of Wine and Drink” named 2012 Delmas Syrah it's Standout Wine, “...a dark, intense complexity, with coffee, truffles, dark chocolate, and liquorice, all lightened with floral and herbal aromas...”

Seattle Magazine ~ Best Wines from the Rocks District

Steve Robertson, and wife Mary, who own Delmas and its estate SJR Vineyard, is credited with spearheading the AVA approval campaign, building a remarkable level of consensus among a broad range of stakeholders.

Washington Wine Report ~ Review of 2014

"The 2012 Delmas Syrah is a breakout wine... a wine of extremely high quality that is almost completely irresistible (it came in sixth in my Seattle Metropolitan Top 100 Washington wines list this year) with a mere 75 case production... This is one mailing list well worth considering."

Stephen Tanzer ~ "Cote-Rotie meets pinot noir"


"Bright, harmonious acidity and a solid stony underpinning give this highly aromatic wine lovely backbone to support a leisurely evolution in bottle... A remarkable wine considering that it’s from the vines’ sixth leaf. 92+"

Seattle Met: Top 100 Washington Wines


Rated #6 of 710 wines... "Drink this if you can find it... this is one of the state's most limited wines... all of the exuberance of Washington's 2012 vintage with floral notes, orange peel, gravel, and blue fruit, showing exceptional polish and hyperextended finish."
—Sean Sullivan

McCarthy & Shiering

The spice of this wine is outstanding. The slightly creamy and slightly salty notes that set apart Syrah grown in the Rocks District are very prominent in this wine. The wine is co-fermented with 7.5% Viognier, giving it a faint hint of orange rind, that complements the savory taste.

Stephen Tanzer: Seattle Tasting


“Intensely flavored and thick, showing superb intensity and a lightly grilled quality to its savory dark berry, spice and licorice flavors. Really remarkably concentrated for a wine made from extremely young vines (in their fourth leaf). 92 points”
—Stephen Tanzer