Old Saloon in Walla Walla, Washington.

Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

Produced 2008 - present

Professional reviews and tasting notes from prior vintages added as published. Scores within parentheses indicate barrel samples:

2016 No Girls Wines Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

96 Points

The 2016 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard was fermented in concrete (60-70% stems) and brought up in used demi-muid. Blackberries, smoked earth, cured meats, violets, and orange rind notes all flow to a beautiful, seamless, thrillingly refined effort that reminds me of a top traditional Côte Rôtie. —Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

2015 No Girls Wines Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

98 Points

This offers attractive complexity and interest, plenty of savory spices and fresh meaty appeal. Lots of pepper and red plum fruit here. The palate has a smooth-honed, silky feel with bright, spice-wrapped red plum fruit. Long and silky, beautifully rendered syrah with lots of interest. Really focused, this is a benchmark. Drink or hold. —James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

96+ Points

...very impressive, unfurling in the glass with a wonderfully savory bouquet of tapenade, dark chocolate, bresaola, cassis, currant leaf, potpourri and mandarin oil. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered and complete, but it's quite serious and tight-knit despite its structural refinement and will certainly reward patience. Pure and complete, it concludes with a long, sapid finish. —William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

96 Points

...begins with intense aromas of green olive tapenade, bacon fat, Umami, and roasted Marcona almond. The aromatic range here is beyond seductive. The palate shows a wonderful elegance with red fruits and meaty as well as seaweed character with a silky mouthfeel. The salinity and freshness and mouth-watering acidity to this wine is simply outstanding. This will cellar well for a decade but I love drinking this wine young as the tension really adds to the enjoyment. Drink 2018-2028. —Dr. Owen Bargreen, Washington Wine Blog

96 Points

...blackberry, peppery meats, ground herbs, and smoke. Beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, seamless, and with building minerality, it’s another singular wine from this estate that will continue drinking nicely for a decade. —Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com

95 Points

Refined yet appealingly flamboyant, with vivid raspberry, olive tapenade and bacon fat flavors that build richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2028. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

2014 No Girls Wines Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

96 Points

... vinified in concrete and aged in neutral barrels. Its deep ruby/mostly opaque color is followed by a deep, slightly closed bouquet of smoked black fruits, cured meats, black olive and violet/floral aromas and flavors....seamless and elegant on the palate, yet has plenty of authority, depth and length. —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

94 Points

An array of cloves and other woody spices wrapped into crushed stones and rich dark plum fruits. The palate has a sense of contained power. Really focused, smooth-honed and compact. A leading light for Walla Walla syrah. Drink or hold. —James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

92 Points

...Dark medium ruby. Tight nose offers scents of dark raspberry, violet pastille, licorice, flint and pepper. Penetrating, juicy and classically dry, conveying a strong saline character to its tight, pastille-like flavors of blackberry, violet and licorice. The tannins are firm but not hard and the finish displays excellent juicy length and floral lift... —Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

2013 No Girls Wines Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

(93-96) Points

The 2013 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard offers lots of cassis and black raspberries intermixed with plenty of pepper, sandalwood, toasted bread and spice. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and silky, with rock-star purity of fruit, it should rival the 2012 once bottled. —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

94 Points

Sleek and evocative, with expressive aromas of violet, blackberry and smoky meat and harmonious flavors of blueberry, dark Asian spice and grilled anise. Soft tannins finesse the finish. Drink now through 2024. 305 cases made. —Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

94 Points

Bright medium red. Highly perfumed scents of red raspberry, strawberry, flint, iodine and iron, plus a hint of orange peel.... compellingly aromatic and precise, offering Côte-Rôtie-like notes of flint, black olive and violet and a lightly balsamic quality. Finishes with harmonious tannins and excellent length. This is already utterly captivating. —Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

2012 No Girls Wines Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

(95-98) Points

...a spectacular Syrah that will compete with anything coming out Washington today, the 2012 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard is 100% Syrah and exhibits off the hook notes of violets, spiced meats, crushed rocks and ground pepper, with a core of Cornas-like purple fruit. Full-bodied, layered, beautifully concentrated and elegant, it will have 12-15 years of longevity. —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

96 Points

Complex and evocative plum, tar, black olive and jasmin flavors ride proudly over a refined structure that feels almost weightless. A rich wine that offers finesse and an endless finish. Taut, but ends up with an open feel. Drink now through 2022. 298 cases made. —Harvey Steiman,Wine Spectator

93 Points

Peat, flower, smoked meat and earthy funk aromas are at the fore. The flavors show a combination of richness and elegance, with smoked meat and olive brine flavors that linger. —Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast

93 Points

Bright, moderately saturated medium ruby. Compelling floral lift to the aromas of dark raspberry and smoke; shows Côte-Rôtie-like finesse and perfume. Firm acidity and underlying mineral energy give lift to the wine's raspberry fruit...Finishes with notes of dusty crushed basalt and wet stone, and a subtle hint of raw meat. —Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

2011 No Girls Wines Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

95 Points

...with the buzzwords being finesse and elegance, the 2011 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard offers textbook pepper, olive tapenade, smoke and crunchy berry fruits in its medium to full-bodied, seamless and beautifully textured profile. Showing impressive complexity and already hard to resist, I-d lean towards drinking bottles over the coming decade as well. —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

94 Points

The first impression is of steak tartare, with blood and a saline, savory character. There’s a floral, violet topnote, and streaks of black olive, orange peel, umami and brine. Tight, toned and muscular, it’s set in a compact, perfectly proportioned frame that requires many hours of breathing to open fully. —Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast

93 Points

Joyously aromatic and plump, with plum, black olive, tar and spice flavors, coming together harmoniously on a medium-scale frame. Persists impressively on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 199 cases made. —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

92+ Points

Bright, full red. Very tight nose hints at dark raspberry, black olive and baking spices, along with a gamey nuance. Chewy and ripe but extremely backward today, in a distinctly masculine style; a bit less pliant than the Cayuse 2011 Armada Syrah, which is itself somewhat youthfully unforthcoming. Tannins are extremely fine-grained but this Syrah will need a minimum of five more years in the cellar, by which time it will likely merit a higher rating. Finishes with sexy notes of brown sugar and olive tapenade. —Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

2010 No Girls Wines Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

95 Points

...delivers classic aromas and flavors of ground pepper, steak tartar, wild herbs and assorted dark berry-styled fruit. A 100% Syrah that comes from a high density planting located just behind Cayuse’s Armada Vineyard, it is medium to full-bodied, rich and supple on the palate, with an elegant, seamless feel that’s hard to resist. Count me as a fan and this beauty will continue to shine for upwards of another decade. Drink now-2022. —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

95 Points

Fresh, vibrant, expansive and expressive, this offers towering flavors of black cherry, blackberry, floral and coffee. A flick of strawberry adds freshness to the finish. Deep and harmonious. Drink now through 2020. 199 cases made. —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

2009 No Girls Wines Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

98 Points

Juicy plum, blackberry and mineral aromas and flavors leap from the glass, balancing a mass of flavor on a remarkably open texture with amazing finesse. Displays tremendous focus, depth and charm, offering hints of exotic spice and black olive. Drink now through 2025. 163 cases made. —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

93 Points

...Scents of red meat, basil, hibiscus, cherry, and blueberry along with a whiff of wood smoke establish the themes for a satisfyingly juicy and expansive but in no way heavy palate presence. A bite of black pepper, invigorating crunch of berry seeds, and saliva-inducing salinity add to the fruity exuberance and savory meatiness of a memorably long, luscious finish. —David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate

2008 No Girls Wines Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard

94 Points

The 2008 No Girls Syrah features notes of game, bacon, and blueberry leading to a plush, succulent wine with superb balance and length. To those who have been waiting patiently, don’t let this offer pass you by. —Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate

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