First Impulsivo I've tasted. Cayuse is my favorite American winery, but I just didn't get much from this wine. However, my wife just loved it! I got very little aroma, opened slightly after two hours but still very reserved. Very concentrated black fruits on the palate, tannins present but not obtrusive, very balanced, viscous, somewhat hot. Long black fruit, French oak aftertaste. I much prefer the syrahs. Could be this is still too young and closed and would have been better had I waited. Second and third evenings: wine slowly opened up to have a richer dark blackberry, black cherry, cassis aroma with some licorice and burnt wood. The flavors also opened quite a bit, also very deep, black fruits with a touch of anise and smoky oak. Mouth-coating, high alcohol, very long aftertaste. Next time, I'll age these a bit longer, let them get much more air before serving.
This bottle is less generous the previous I've had but noththeless still delicious. There is a tartness that lingers with a meatiness more expected in the syrahs from Cayuse than a tempranillo. The wine was a perfect match for beef tenderloin cooked in our wood burning oven with romesco sauced cauliflower and garlic smashed potatoes.
It's always a good day when you open a Cayuse. Was extra fun to pop this double blind for some wine lovers. This was in an interesting spot with most of the halmark notes of cayuse with the mineral, liquid rock and umami but has some high pitched acids on the entry and a bit of alc on the finish. The delicious factor was off the charts as usual with reduced cherries, smokey black tea, stems, plums, iodine, seaweed and sagebrush. I feel like I should have cellared this a bit longer and would hold if I had more bottles.
Bajayngo kindly poured this at a tasting I hosted. Tasted double blind and fixated on north Rhone from a fat year because of the bouquet, and the palate did not dissuade me from that line of thinking. My second guess was Aussie Shiraz...Tempranillo was the last thing on my mind. This is a delicious, rich, ripe, and extracted wine that tastes nothing like any Tempranillo I have encountered. It features garrigue, high quality black tea (thanks for the descriptor Bajayngo), licorice, iodine, and sanguine notes. Wonderful depth; a highly enjoyable and very well-crafted wine. 92-93.
Always one of my favorite Cayuse's, loads of extraction, raspberry, blackberry, rhubarb, anise and licorice. Good balance overall, some heat at the end but fairly mild, should go away with time. Very good.
Somewhat surprising that this is consistently my favorite wine from Cayuse. The fruit profile is distinctly tempranillo but not anything like Spain. The finish is delight full. Have with a lamb sugo over polenta like I did!!!!