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60% Syrah
40% Cabernet Sauvignon


Red Mountain AVA


Drink Now or Age 5 to 7 Years


60% Ciel du Cheval
21% Grand Ciel
19% Upchurch

2019 Doyenne

In classic fashion on release of the wine, 2019 Doyenne presents Syrah in the forefront with Cabernet Sauvignon as the anchor.  Syrah displays attractive black plum and savory smoked brisket, while capsicum, anise, and black olive tapenade are the dominant Cabernet aromas.  White pepper and smokey barrel influence yield to a juicy, fruit-forward palate that remains balanced by an untamed and more rustic texture.  The dense structure of this wine begs for a grilled meat companion and should allow for 8+ years of cellaring.



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93 Points

— James Suckling

93 Points

Aromas of bramble, blackberry, rosemary and leather. Medium-to full-bodied with fine, taught tannins. Ripe fruit is at the core of the palate, accented by fresh floral notes and hints of vanilla and almond. Well balanced and light on its feet. Best in 2024. – James Suckling

April 2022

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Suggested Pairing

Roasted meats are a particularly wonderful match for Doyenne – Braised Lamb, Seared Duck Breast, Stews and Game.

Behind the Wine

2019 Doyenne

The city of Aix-en-Provence is where the first great French wine region was formed & the art of blending is steeped in history. Doyenne (meaning wise or senior) is a tribute to this ancient region & respected practice. Originally crafted by Executive Winemaker Chris Upchurch for his wedding, this blend of Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon is true to the Doyenne name and the region that inspired its creation.

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The Doyenne blend includes Syrah from our estate vineyard on Red Mountain, Grand Ciel.



Cold soaked 24-36 hours, fermented 12-16 days on skin, partial native yeast, aged 20 months in 100% French oak (40% new).