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Varietal

49% Syrah
34% Cabernet Sauvignon
16% Grenache
1% Mourvèdre

Appellation

Columbia Valley AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 5 to 7 Years

Vineyard

Stone Tree – 26%
Discovery – 25%
Grand Ciel – 17%
Upland – 15%
Ciel Du Cheval – 12%
Red Willow – 4%
Boushey – 1%

2021 Doyenne

The marriage of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache is quite agreeable in this 2021 effort of Doyenne that offers aromas of blackberry, cassis, graphite and green peppercorn. The meaty, dark-fleshed Syrah is framed beautifully by the firm structured Cab, while the Grenache adds a floral lift and bright red fruit undertones. The palate is dense and nicely weighted, yet still has good energy that leads to a lengthy finish. Pair with your favorite grilled meats now or cellar 12+ years.  – N.B

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94 Points (Previous Vintage)

— Owen Bargreen

94 Points (Previous Vintage)

The Provence-inspired 2020 ‘Doyenne’ comes from Columbia Valley and combines Syrah (60%) with the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon. This is rich and viscous wine that shows brilliantly salty and savory undertones on the palate. Black olives, black tea and rich dark fruits parade with chocolate notes on the plate. – Owen Bargreen

May 2023

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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

2021 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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Vineyards

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

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Winemaking

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