Rhone Rises in Washington with Doyenne Cellars

April 7, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Doyenne Bottle ImagesIf you’re not on board the U.S. Rhone Ranger train, start running, because it’s leaving the station!  By “leaving the station”, I mean that the prices are about to go up as this moves from the fringe to the mainstream.  Delille’s sister label, Doyenne, is reserved exclusively for Rhone varietals and every one of their reds that I’ve tasted is absolutely awesome.  Below are my impressions of the Doyenne wines I’ve tasted so far.  These wines can be shipped across the country and the prices are way low.  Look for more as I try the rest of their lineup.

Doyenne Aix Proprietary Red 2007 – $23.95 (ST92, WA92, WS90)
The wine that got me hooked on Doyenne is called AIX, a blend of Syrah, Cabernet and Mourvedre.  I thought AIX was a spectacular value when I wrote it up at $27.  This 92 pointer is now down to $24, making it an even better value.  It’s the very definition of why blending makes great wine.  Complex flavors complemented by rich oak, make for an all around killer package.

Doyenne Metier Red 2008 – $29.95 (ST92)
All I can say is BUY THIS WINE.  It’s 40% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah and if you threw a Chateauneuf-du-Pape label on this wine, it would sell for $60.  Plain and simple.  Impeccable balance makes this a standout amongst some truly fantastic wines.  In addition to the balance, it’s deeply concentrated and complex.  Wow.  Absolutely incredible.

Doyenne Syrah 2007 375ml – $19.95 (RP94, WE93, WS90)
Concentrated but without the overripe flavors of some warmer climate Syrah, this polished wine is black in color with firm tannins built for aging.  Chocolate and bacon combine for a rich, mouth coating palate.  This wine pretty much summarizes the reason why wine writers have been singing the praises of the Syrah grape for years.  The floral, lengthy finish rounds out a world class package.

To give you an idea of how serious I am about Doyenne wines, I’ve already purchased 4 bottles of the 2008 AIX without any scores.  These are top notch wines at exceptionally fair prices.

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