2009 DaMa Damanation – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.damawines.com

DaMa wines is a Walla Walla winery that was started by Dawn Kammer and Mary Derby – two women who met in Walla Walla, had a synergy that clicked so they decided to pursue their dreams of making great wines.


Technical Data: 

  • Region: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyard(s): Lonesome Spring
  • Blend: 55% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 22% Mourvedre
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Retail Price: $32

Nose: Cedar-laced red fruit dominates the nose here along with black peppercorns.

Taste: Nice red fruits lace the palate – strawberry, rhubarb pie filling, sour cherry and pepper. I also do get the lighly-charred cedar across the mid palate that picks up nice acidity and good tannin structure. Good fruit and acid balance on the end without too much oak to get it the way. Overall, a good effort on a rhone-style blend – very food friendly.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%