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2007 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard
- Columbia Valley
- Walla Walla Valley
Community Tasting Notes 70
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.1 person found this helpful Comment
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.
overhill wrote: (94 points)
July 30, 2016 - Very similar to my previous tasting four years ago. Expressive Cayuse nose of green olive tapenade, corned beef, briney/salty, and now with a strong note of crushed black pepper. Others at the table guessed it was Northern Rhone. Like before the finish was long and layered, with multiple waves of fine tannin and black fruit.
This was hot when first opened and needed an hour-plus in the decanter to settle.
Winevestor Likes this wine: (96 points)
May 28, 2016 - Had over two nights. The first was good, and the second even better. The nose is amazing, with a US barnyard. A huge hit of fruit - cranberry and raspberry. Somehow pure. The nose changed constantly, getting darker and earthier. I just kept on sniffing. A medium body, with more bright red fruit. The finish was sooo long. It was really sip and then living the taste forever. A really wonderful wine. Cayuse has become one of my favorite US wines bar none.
krhaugh Likes this wine: (98 points)
May 20, 2016 - Decanted about 4 hours. The nose changed several times over this period. Funk out of the bottle. Almost had a sweaty locker room taste but then developed in to chocolate & caramel, to coffee, to old smoke and on and on. Flavors on the mouth were definitely different than anything we ever tasted, but all in a good way. Finish never stopped. Smooth and tasty, we wish we had more.
Pro Reviews 3
By Stephen Tanzer
November/December 2010, IWC Issue #153 (link)
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The Rhone Report
By Jeb Dunnuck
A focus on Washington State, Issue #4, 5/1/2010 (link) 95 points
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Washington Wine Report
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.
- 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
- Pending Delivery 18 (2%)
- In Cellars 517 (58%)
- Consumed 362 (40%)
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