Red

2007 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 73

  • tomlee wrote: (97 points)

    June 2, 2017 - Light red or rust colored. 14.2% ABV. Textbook En Chamberlin on the nose with aromas of red fruits, olives, smoked meats and grilled vegetables. Medium body and not lacking in acidity. Plush and concentrated. Cherries, smoke, blood, iodine and minerals on the palate. There is so much going on here. The finish is exceptionally long. As always, the funkiest wine in the Cayuse lineup. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

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  • dawgdaze Likes this wine: (96 points)

    May 13, 2017 - 2006 Syrah En Chamberlin was my first wine from Cayuse. I purchased it in October 2008. My first bottle from that 3 Pack was opened in 2010. The only thing I remember about it was it tasted young. The second bottle was opened in 2012 and it was still too young. My last bottle was opened in 2014 at eight years old. The same thing occurred. What would it take for this wine to come into its own?

    With my 2007 En Chamberlin I wasn’t going to waste my time with anything under a decade! I don’t know when it happened but between nine or ten years it blossomed into the most gorgeous Syrah that I’ve ever had, pure silk. This definitely had that WOW factor!

    Decanter for 3 hours.
    Color: Deep garnet purple.
    Aroma: Smoked meat, espresso, violets and trademark Cayuse funk.
    Palate: Iron minerals, olives tapenade, beats and blueberries.

    This was worth the wait. My personal feeling is that you have to be patient with Cayuse El Chamberlin and give it time to mature and with the next decade, it will keep evolving. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was still drinkable for three decades.

  • Rmonty Likes this wine: (94 points)

    February 6, 2017 - Aromatic, fresh laid black tar, liquid smoke, cedar, glycerin with wet rocks. Off-dry to medium-sweet. High, round tannins. Powerful flavors of green pepper, smoked ham & brisket. Blackberry, mulberry & black currant. Big, voracious multi-layered rich fruit. White pepper on 10+ seconds finish. Stellar!

  • ikkaariainen Likes this wine: (95 points)

    October 30, 2016 - Not for the faint of heart but so so good - a big boy at 14.2% abv. A big thanks to John & Malinda Chamberlain for bringing this wine. A properly aged and mature WA syrah from the premier producer in the new The Rocks AVA centered around Walla Walla. Too expensive to be a reasonable QPR despite how really excellent this wine is. Popped and poured and mature enough to do this with but I would recommend at least a 30-60 minute decant if time allows. Under proper cellaring conditions this wine has many years left. Inky purple, no signs of bricking yet, full bodied, very smooth yet concentrated, well balanced & integrated, tannins present but well controlled and a wonderful long lingering smokey aftertaste. Beautiful nose with a touch of initial funk which blew off quickly followed by dark fruit, black pepper, smoke and an almost saline quality like a sea breeze - very interesting and unique. Flavor profile complex and minerally up front showing it's native terroir well with a much earthier finish of game meat, leather and smoke. Highly recommend this wine if you can find it despite the price point.

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  • tomlee wrote: (96 points)

    October 28, 2016 - Magenta in color. 14.2% ABV. Funky nose of red fruits, olive brine, smoke and iodine. Medium body with medium acidity. Smooth, concentrated and powerful. Cherries, blood, peppered steak and minerals on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and smoky. Not for the faint of heart but definitely in my wheelhouse. Absolutely stunning. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2010, IWC Issue #153 (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    A focus on Washington State, Issue #4, 5/1/2010 (link)

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  • By Sean Sullivan
    12/28/2009 (link) ***** points

    (Cayuse Vineyards En Chamberlain Vineyard Walla Walla Valley) A funky, aromatic nose with mushroom, earth, mineral, streaky red fruit, floral notes, and healthy dose of black pepper. Thick and intense on a palate that has a perfect polish to it and is almost impenetrable. The palate shows lots of sliced black olives and pepper. The finish is seemingly endless. 14.6% alcohol.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Cayuse
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard En Chamberlin Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Walla Walla Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 15 (2%)
  • In Cellars 513 (57%)
  • Consumed 379 (42%)

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