Back-to-Back 97's for Delmas from Washington Wine Blog
"The heady aromas push you back to the glass for more."
2017 Delmas Syrah - A true heavyhitter, the 2017 Delmas Syrah is entirely sourced from their estate SJR Vineyard in the Walla Walla Rocks AVA, deftly managed by Brooke Robertson. Crafted by superstar winemaker Billo Naravane, MW, the wine is a stunning blend of 91.5% Syrah with the reminder Viognier. Aged for 14 months in 60% new French oak (Troncais) prior to bottling, this needs about an hour of air exposure in order to evolve to its full unveiling. The nose is nothing short of intoxicating, yielding some insanely good range. Potpourri, Umami, pipe tobacco, cedar, and shades of cran-orange aromas all create an amazing effect in the glass. The heady aromas push you back to the glass for more. The texture its astoundingly good, giving off a sexy, silky edge. Red cherry candy, Umami, Hoisin sauce, Asian spice and guava with citrus rind accents as well as shades of black truffle with minerals and stony accents all complete this scintillating new wine. While remarkable in its youth, this will evolve well over the next decade.
Drink 2019-2029- 97
2017 Delmas ‘The Peddler’ Syrah - This is the first vintage of this magnum-only wine. The 2017 ‘The Peddler’ Syrah is barrel select wine that was aged in entirely new French oak for fifteen months prior to bottling. The Syrah has 8.5% Viognier which was co-fermented, just as it was for the 2017 Delmas. The nose shows off the richness of the toasty oak with Hoisin sauce, kirsch compote, red rose petals and shades of Umami and horse manure that all collect momentum in the nose. With more air shades of orange rind and cigar ash also mingle into the fray. Once the attack the palate reveals a silky texture and generous mouthfeel, giving off a hedonistic edge. Umami, bacon fat, black tea, rose water and shades of Asian spice all come together marvelously in the glass. The freshness and richness imparted is simply gorgeous here, combining with a light stony character and copious minerals. Given more air, this beautiful Syrah gives off an even silkier texture. While remarkable in its youth, this outstanding new Rocks District Syrah will continue to evolve well over the next decade.
Drink 2019-2029- 97