Red

2009 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 31

  • csimm1161 wrote: flawed

    May 31, 2016 - If this is supposed to taste like horse manure and sour cherries, then "Bravo" to Christophe Baron. Otherwise, this better have been flawed.

  • rhalbert wrote: (94 points)

    April 9, 2016 - Another great En Chamberlin. Had at mom's

  • Ex-Ray Likes this wine: (96 points)

    December 25, 2015 - Garnet, with ruby edges, opaque. Aroma a bit reserved at first, opened up over two hours; dark cherry and blackberry mixed with grilled meat and leather, elegant and complex rather than very powerful. The flavors are black fruits, very dark and rich; perfect balance with acid and tannins in the background, anise building on the back of the tongue with a slight "bite". The aftertaste carries through the dark, deep flavors and lasts at least a minute. It went perfectly with chateaubriand with herb butter. Very drinkable, doubt it has much room to improve, but should certainly last a number of years. A big wine, but seems to be a bit softer and more elegant than some of Christophe's other syrahs.
    Ric

  • garambler Likes this wine: (96 points)

    June 20, 2015 - We shared this with friends on 6/20/15. It had a rich, fragrant and absolutely gorgeous bouquet of earth, smoked meat, plum, blackberry, blueberry, licorice and spice aromas. The palate was rich, dense and layered with flavors of plum, blackberry, dirt, licorice and spice. The group’s average score was 93.6 points.

    It’s interesting that this is mostly the same group that gave this wine an average score of 95.0 in January 2013.

  • cwiebe Likes this wine: (94 points)

    November 28, 2014 - This is an epic wine. Opened 4 hours ahead of time, on opening the Cayuse funk was unmistakable, but it blew off after about an hour and the nose turned to green olives and later to a dark fruit nose. The palate is a very rich, very complex mix of olives, blue fruit and black fruit with a healthy dose of spice. Finish is incredibly long, the flavor just continues within the mouth and throat for minutes. Given the time from open to imbibing, this has lots of time to go, but this bottle was in a great spot with the long open.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165 (link)

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The Rhone Report

  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue #12, 6/23/2012 (link) 98 points

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    A focus on Washington State, Issue #4, 5/1/2010 (link) (95-97) points

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Washington Wine Report

  • By Sean Sullivan
    11/30/2012 (link) ***** points

    (Cayuse Vineyards En Chamberlain Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley) Dark in color. Arresting aromas of bloody beef, mushroom, and savory notes. Coats the palate from end to end with soft, savory flavors with incredible intensity and length. Among the best from the 2009 vintage. 100% Syrah. 314 cases produced.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • 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 14 (2%)
  • In Cellars 452 (70%)
  • Consumed 178 (28%)

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