2007 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard


  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 67

  • 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.

  • familydoc Likes this wine: (93 points)

    March 19, 2016 - Nose: initially funky, evolves to rootbeer, meat, violet, black olive, very complex with black fruit, pepper, herb,

    Taste: cranberry, pepper, meat, a bit of funk through the mid-palate good acidity and a bit of that root beer on the finish.

  • TexasBob Likes this wine: (93 points)

    August 24, 2015 - Tasted blind; double-decanted over the course of a day. Somewhat cloudy red. Strong freshly-ground coffee on the nose with secondary notes of old campfire, road tar, and rubber - really an extraordinary and complex bouquet. Smoke and coffee on the front and mid-palate. Delicious but weird, with a finish that goes on forever and a general spicy note. Very interesting.

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

    (Cayuse Vineyards Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    A focus on Washington State, Issue #4, 5/1/2010 (link) 95 points

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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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (2%)
  • In Cellars 519 (59%)
  • Consumed 350 (40%)

Food Pairing

Braised Rabbit

Who Likes This Wine

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