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2007 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard
- Columbia Valley
- Walla Walla Valley
Community Tasting Notes 65
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.
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.
mpricher wrote: (94 points)
July 26, 2015 - Popped and poured after 30 min. Couldn't wait to try. Agree with the funk nose comments, and the fact that the smoky qualities that were present a few years ago are more restrained now. It was funny to hear comments from those who've not tasted before... "that's so different" " Tastes like ham?" "What's that aromatic herby smell??" -- Together, we all agreed this is a special wine. Lots of depth and meaty qualities that make it somewhat unique for an American wine. More Northern Rhone like that most. Smooth on the palate. Fruit is dark, with lots of great flavor. Will do my best to hold onto the others I have... this is just so much fun to drink!
February 28, 2015 - Paired perfectly with lamb burgers topped with sautéed fennel and guacamole. En Chamb always brings the funk and the label should have a pic of George Clinton on it. Veggie funk, unsweetened chocolate, meat, blood, charred earth, and fresh herbs. No hurry to drink up but in a great spot now.
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 15 (2%)
- In Cellars 519 (59%)
- Consumed 341 (39%)