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Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Spectator, 95 The Wine Advocate
Region: Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Green Wines, Boutique Wines
Item no. 121170
#22 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
Cayuse 100% estate wines include four vineyard designated Syrahs. These highly stressed vineyards average a yield of only two tons or less per acre, resulting in wines true to each vineyard's unique terroir.
Polished, effortless and juicy, with blackberry, currant, black olive and tar flavors, beautifully balanced to rotate all its facets as the finish keeps spinning. Harmonious and expressive.
The latest installment of Cayuse' largest-production, their 2009 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard – vinified largely in foudre and aged in previously used demi-muids – features lightly-stewed cherry and purple plum laced with cinnamon stick and clove; garlanded in violet and acacia that point to the inclusion of Viognier; and underlain by salivary gland-engaging roasted but still bloody red, organ-like meaty savor. (And speaking of organs, there is a reverberative pedal-point of low-toned flavors here that engenders an awesome sense of depth.) Sappy and intensely-concentrated yet possessed of an admirable, almost uncanny sense of buoyancy; ultra-dense yet remarkably fine-grained, this adds black pepper and tar from the classic Syrah playbook to its long litany of flavors and lusciously long and vibrant finish. It’s easy to see how this would please a wine grower who reveres Noel Verset.