Tenet Wines The Pundit Syrah 2016 - Vine Republic
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Tenet Wines The Pundit Syrah 2016
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Tenet Wines The Pundit Syrah 2016

  • js95
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Category Red Wine
Region United States, Washington, Columbia Valley
Brand Tenet Wines
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
The color is deep ruby with garnet highlights. Raspberry jam and citrus with soy and earthy undertone aromas are complemented by a brambly, subtle meaty character. A smooth mouthfeel glides into a long silky finish with flavors of juicy blueberry, hints of tobacco and subtle gamey undertones.
James Suckling
  • js95

100 BEST WINES UNDER $30 (2018) - A dense and rich wine with so much white pepper and cloves. Full-bodied, layered and intense. So much going on here. Spices almost burn but then the fruit kicks in and makes it all happen. Drink now.

January 2019
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd91

The 2016 Syrah The Pundit Columbia Valley (90% Syrah, 4% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, and 2% Viognier) is more streamlined yet has good complexity in its dark berry fruits, ground herbs, and peppery aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, silky and elegant on the palate, with fine tannins, it offers plenty of upfront charm today but also has the balance and length to evolve nicely for 4-6 years.

April 11, 2019
  • v90

Bright, full ruby. Slightly reduced aromas of dark berries, dark chocolate and spices; less expressive and wild than the 2015 version was at the same stage. Concentrated, silky and fine-grained, displaying sexy spice and violet lift to the concentrated dark berry and licorice flavors. I find more sweetness and primary fruit character--and more generosity of texture--than in the 2015 version of this bottling. The long finish hints at chocolatey ripeness but also shows lovely violet lift and a fine dusting of tannins. This needs aeration or a year or two in the cellar to shed its reductive quality. (I should note that a second bottle was a bit less generous and sweet.) (14.5% alcohol).

Antonio Galloni, November 2018
Wine Enthusiast
  • we90

Pinches of Grenache (4%), Mourvèdre (4%) and Viognier (2%) round out this wine, providing lovely accents. The aromas show notes of flower, orange peel, raspberry candy, dried herb and cherry. The palate is full bodied and rich, with the tannins bringing some grip. Raspberry notes linger on the finish.

Sean Sullivan, October 2018
Wine Spectator
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Precise and sleekly built, with blueberry, dusty herb and spice flavors. Drink now through 2023. 15,150 cases made.

Tim Fish, August 2018
Wine Advocate
  • wa88

While it's a bit dumb on the nose, reluctantly offering up notions of black pepper, lavender and dark fruit, the 2016 Syrah The Pundit is very texturally seductive, with a broad, voluptuous attack and satiny tannins. A collaboration between Chateau Ste Michelle, Michel Gassier and consulting enologist Philippe Cambie, it does display some of the style and structure Cambie is known for, but it lacks the concentration and intensity to score higher.

William Kelley, June 2018