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60% Syrah
40% Cabernet Sauvignon


Columbia Valley AVA


Drink Now or Age 5 to 7 Years


Grand Ciel, Ciel du Cheval, StoneTree
Quintessence, Upchurch, Discovery

2020 Doyenne

The 2020 Doyenne, on release, is very reticent to show itself on the nose. As the wine opens up, toasted oak aromas bracket black cherry and blueberry, adding mocha to the mix. Although coaxing aromas out of the glass takes some commitment, the wine erupts on the palate, with layers of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit and structure offering reinforcement to lush Syrah. In the short-term, give this a bit of time to open up in the bottle or give it a decant before enjoying.



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94 Points

— Owen Bargreen

94 Points

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

Additional Scores:


James Suckling




Wine Enthusiast

Suggested Pairing

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

Behind the Wine

2020 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).