Jeb Dunnuck, 2016 Syrah scores 97 points
"A singular, gorgeous Syrah that could come from nowhere else.”
Their 2016 Syrah SJR Vineyard is a beautiful, classic wine from this estate as well as the finest wine I’ve tasted from them. A blend of 91.6% Syrah and 8.4 Viognier that spent 14 months in 60% new French oak, its ruby color is followed by a thrilling bouquet of blueberries, wild strawberries, kirsch, white pepper, lavender, and hints of cured meats. Incredibly complex, layered, medium to full-bodied, and with a blockbuster finish, it's a singular, gorgeous Syrah that could come from nowhere else. Drink bottles any time over the coming 10-15 years.
The terrific estate was created by Steve and Mary Delmas Robertson and focuses on their estate SJR Vineyard located in the Rocks region of Walla Walla. Their daughter Brooke Delmas Robertson manages the farming, and the wines are made by the incredibly talented Billo Naravane. They make a spectacular, singular Syrah and if you haven’t heard of this estate, now is the time.