96 points - limited A fantastic top-scoring Syrah from Washington State. The Walls is making some of the best wines in Walla Walla Valley. Limited. 96 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Syrah Concrete Mama (100% Syrah) reveals a deep ruby/purple hue as well as rocking notes of blackcurrants, cured meats, black olives, and peppery herbs. Full-bodied, concentrated, yet seamless on the palate, with terrific tannins, it's a beautiful, singular Syrah from this estate that I suspect will evolve for 10-15 years... ...Readers looking for the next superstar in Washington State need to check out these latest wines from winemaker Ali Mayfield. These wines all have singular character yet they share a rare sense of purity and elegance paired with plenty of richness and depth. These are singular, beautiful wines I’d be thrilled to drink." 94 Points Washington Wine Blog: "The ‘Concrete Mama’ Syrah is another seriously good release by The Walls and new consulting winemaker Todd Alexander. The wine shows better aromatic and flavor range than the other wines in this new set of releases. Sourced from the ‘River Rock Vineyard’ in the Rocks Disrtrict of Milton-Freewater, the ‘Concrete Mama’ opens with layers of bacon fat, green olive tapenade and a deep core of dark fruits with stony undertones that all take shape in the glass. The palate is silky smooth, showing off its plush mouthfeel and voluptuous texture. Layers of Hoisin sauce and smoked brisket combine with coffee grounds and tar, with stony undertones that all make this remarkable wine truly sing. Highly enjoyable in its youth with its soft texture, this marvelous new release will enjoy another decade in the cellar. Drink 2020-2028." Only 238 cases produced.
Very nice. Complex, little oak. High alcohol at 15.5, but not at all hot. ~$40.
Very nice. Complex, little oak. High alcohol at 15.5, but not at all hot. ~$40.8.5
Great complexity and structure, juicy as can be, clean, herbaceous. Can’t wait to see how this develops. Thanks Washington!
Great complexity and structure, juicy as can be, clean, herbaceous. Can’t wait to see how this develops. Thanks Washington!9.3