“A perfumed, very silky, complex Syrah for Clos de Beze lovers...”
Vinous and Steve Tanzer recognize Delmas as consistently superb.
2015 Delmas Syrah
SJR Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
(vinified with 33% whole clusters; 16-month élevage in 60% new French barriques): Healthy medium-dark red. Alluring scents of raspberry liqueur, toffee, game, mocha, meat and brown spices. Wonderfully sweet, savory and complex, showing a velvety high-pH mouth feel. A perfumed, very silky, complex Syrah for Clos de Bèze lovers (this wine has a pH of 3.9, following modest acidification that winemaker Billo Naravane says was "just for balance"). Really spreads out on the back end, finishing with suave tannins and slowly building length. Naravane vinified this wine with 33% whole Syrah clusters at the bottom of the tank, then a layer of whole-berry Viognier, and whole-berry Syrah on top