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Red

2012 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley more

5/23/2015 - rustyRudy wrote: flawed

Retested from previous bottle. This had been tapped by Coravin on several occasions over the last two months. The funk had taken over big time on both the nose and palate. Clearly not on par with my previous tasting note. Not rated this time.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/24/2015 9:46:00 PM - It may be a bad bottle but clearly it is too early to drink. I would give it 2-3 years.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/24/2015 10:38:00 PM - I am sorry, but I am not familiar with Coravin. What is that?

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/25/2015 7:38:00 AM - Interesting device. If I lived alone this would be a very useful device! Considering the current failure rate of corks, I am hesitant to add another potential 5-10% failure rate.

Red

2011 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows

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3/14/2015 - AACollection wrote: NR

I gave this a 5 hour decant. I smelled this after about 3 hrs and it was still intensely funky...bretty to the point of smelling flawed. It managed to clean up its act. Fantastic nose, with the raspberries, incense, crushed rocks and a hint of ash.

On the palate, I was slightly disappointed by this wine. Usually the low acidity of Cayuse wines makes the body seem more creamy, but for whatever reason, this seemed slightly flat. Also, while the ash that is present on the nose often carries through to the palate, it never seemed to disappear and manifested itself as an unpleasant bitterness. Nevertheless, great raspberries, liquid stone and dark loamy earth on the palate and good grip on the finish.

With a pork roast and piquillo pepper sauce, this was a fantastic pairing (the earthy bitterness of the pepper played very well with that in the wine, and the mild spice in the pepper made up for the low acidity of the wine in-so-far as cutting the fat in the pork was concerned). While the tannin in this wine may soften a bit, my impression is that this is a wine to drink relatively young (though it definitely needs a lot of air for the intense funkiness to soften). The drink-by dates seem very appropriate.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/24/2015 10:07:00 PM - I wonder if it needs more time. I haven't opened one yet but will do so soon to see what the "ash" flavor is all about.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1989 Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

4/25/2015 - Jeremy Holmes wrote: NR

We gave our most excellent Sommelier a budget and said ‘find us a wine that will shine with the Crepes Belle Epoque. Her choice was the absolute bomb with the dessert. It was super intense with apricot jam, honey and lavender aromas and flavours. It had a freshness to it but was so concentrated in sugar. It matched up to the citrus fruits and sweetness in the dessert beautifully and had enough richness to stand up. After each sip the mouth felt cleansed even after housing such a riot of flavours.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/24/2015 9:56:00 PM - Great report. It always seems to go better with a great dessert. I will crack one of my last bottles soon!

Red

2010 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog

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5/21/2015 - bajayngo wrote: NR

Still drinking young but not a sin to open now. Double decanted then slow o'd for a few hours. The classic cornicopia of notes on the nose of mineral, veggies, juniper berries, beef jerky, coffee dust, dill, cherries, blackberry and plum followed by seaweed and a big dose of pepper and baking spices on the finish. Mega mouth feel and finish. I enjoy the Bionic at all stages but am starting to lean toward more aged to show all those secondary characteristics.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/24/2015 9:51:00 PM - Older is good! I will probably wait another 2 years before I try one. Good report!

White - Sweet/Dessert

2003 Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/16/2015 - danielbleier Likes this wine: 92 points

Consistent with notes of 4/1/2015 - said I would wait on next bottle and I didn't. Sigh.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/20/2015 6:43:00 AM - I feel your pain. I have a big party coming up and was thinking of cracking one of my two magnums of this great wine. Too early for a magnum?

Red

2011 Buty Columbia Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard

Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend more

5/16/2015 - mtolerico Does not like this wine: 86 points

Bright fruit, good acidity and mouthfeel, oak is extremely dominant and got worse the longer it was opened to the point of undrinkable.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/16/2015 11:04:00 PM - It sounds too young.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/17/2015 7:29:00 PM - I tried it at the winery at 11:00 in the morning so I am of little help;)

Red

2008 Charles Smith Syrah Royal City

Columbia Valley more

5/1/2015 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 91 points

Not getting all of the amazing features in my bottle...

The first thing I noticed is that the color is quite brick-ish, making it look like a 10-year-old wizzened CdP. The nose also smells like old, crushed leaves with some raspberry liqueur drizzled on them, then a little pepper cracked on top. The mouth is nice and rich, decent red fruits and a lot of garrigue. Then the garrigue takes over on the finish.

My first Royal City and I have to say I am not impressed. Perhaps something was wrong with this bottle, but it arrived in pristine shape and I cellared it perfectly until now.

9.1

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/16/2015 11:07:00 PM - I will break one out in the near future. I have not been inpressed with the other Royal City's that I have tried but want a change in trend!

Red

2008 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows

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5/16/2015 - PinkMoonWinery wrote: 93 points

Tasted double blind. Much more Cayuse than Grenache in style, but oh so good. At first reaction I thought it was Pinot, but then when the minerals are so extreme and the green olives come into play, then it has to be Cayuse and given the light style it had to be GOK.

Yes it is less dense than the Syrahs but that is intentional and works well with this wine.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/16/2015 11:03:00 PM - I had the '07 tonight and it was spectacular!

Red

2011 No Girls Syrah

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5/1/2015 - bajayngo wrote: NR

Early check in and showing very young. Took a good 1-2hr decant for this to come into it's own. Lots of musk with a mineral and perfume fruit mixing together. The NG spicies galore, earth, pepper, violets, seeweed and iron. Will hold the other 2 btls for as long as i can.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/1/2015 9:21:00 PM - Be strong!

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/5/2015 6:25:00 PM - We beat up on the Walla Walla wines with some regularity. Reynvaan and Maison Bleu are some recent finds. But I am a Bordeaux lover at heart! It is just too damn expensive these days.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/6/2015 6:38:00 PM - Yeah, Christophe is the master of the Rocks!

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/7/2015 6:29:00 AM - I haven't tried it yet. I am patiently looking at several wooden boxes of the stuff on the cellar floor! I might need to soon!

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/11/2015 6:27:00 PM - Most excellent. He is a frickin' magician with Grenache and we guard our GOK with our life! As far as a tasting group, we have the usual collection of misfits and miscreants we hang around but no formal group at this time. How about yourself?

Red

2010 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard

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3/10/2015 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine: 96 points

Dark garnet, opaque. Pronounced shiraz aroma, complex. Full, rich balanced flavors, no significant tannins. Perfectly ready to drink, but will easily last 5 or more years.
Ric

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/1/2015 9:11:00 PM - I tried this for the first time last night and had similar thoughts. A terrific drink now but likewise age worthy.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/8/2015 11:55:00 PM - I always shoot for a minimum 90 minute decant.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/10/2015 2:51:00 PM - That is interesting that you brought up the "How much longer do I buy wine that needs aging as I get older?" question as we discuss this occasionally. I am 56 and one of my wine crew is 62 and doesn't think it is worth buying anything requiring more than 5 years of cellaring because he might lose his taste buds or be dead (pleasant, huh?!?). I compound that with owning a larger cellar and think that at some point I will need to quit buying so damn much wine. But not yet!

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/10/2015 10:24:00 PM - Hey Ex-Ray, my handle is more of a reflection of my personality than anything. But I did figure you to be a Radiologist. I used to take X Rays in my office as a Chiropractor but refer out now that everything is digital. I do appreciate your comments on the slow decline of our taste buds though. It is a good reason to crack an old port and contemplate the passage of time! My most ethereal wine was a 63 Taylors Port I enjoyed with an old friend many years ago. The flavors and experience were so inspiring that it launched me on the journey of collecting. Cheers, Steve.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/11/2015 5:59:00 AM - Then there is still hope! I need some more Bordeaux!!! Thanks lads. If you ever come through Spokane look me up and we will crack a bottle.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/11/2015 6:10:00 PM - Vintage 1949, in re: to affordable quaffers, other than going to Trader Joe's, you may want to check out J and J Vintners in WW. Their everyday blend of 4 Boys blend for $16 is the best new wine from WW this year. All of their reds are tasty and their Reisling is quite good too. Our wine crew bought a case or more each when we there. The find of the weekend of Cayuse weekend. Just don't tell anybody;)

White - Sweet/Dessert

2008 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

4/25/2015 - AllRed wrote: 94 points

4th Saturday group "uptown" tasting (Our house): From 375ml. Tropical fruit and apricot qualities with a citrusy undertone. Terrific balance on the palate with a long finish.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/6/2015 8:33:00 PM - That is good to know. Maybe I will try it in 5 years or so. Thanks.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/4/2015 - spineguy Likes this wine: 96 points

An epiphany. Opened one of these 3 years ago and would not rate it b/c potential was there but it just was not ready to drink. The evolution was amazing. Perhaps it has something to do with the vintage as it's 2003 sibling (while great) does not have all the intense unctuous qualities.

Aromas of Honeysuckle and floral. Mid level viscosity. Refined sweetness reminiscent of creme brûlée and a finish that did not end. I usually think of La Tour Blanche as one of the more refined, less overdone Sauternes. This particular wine had a bit more oomph then expected and made it even better albeit with a drop less sophistication. Wow!

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    5/6/2015 8:30:00 PM - I really like this wine too. The floral qualities blew me away. It will be interesting to see if additional time improves this or not. Cheers.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

2/2/2015 - Radboy wrote: 97 points

We had saved this for a hopeful Seahawk victory. Oh well, fuck it. We drank it anyways. Awesome stuff.

  • Comment posted by Radboy:

    2/17/2015 6:27:00 PM - Ha!

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