Another amazing example of this vineyard. Complex nose with layers of sweet and savory flavors: sweet cherry, Tabasco, roast meat, barnyard, leather, and so many other things. I just want to sit and smell it for hours. Nice sweet attack on the palate, with many of the flavors in the nose, with a touch of acidity to lift the sweetness and encourage another sip. So incredibly smooth. There is a nice medium weight in the mouth. The finish goes on and on.
Update: After about 4-5 hours in decanter this started to fade a bit. Not quite as complex as earlier, and not holding up as well as the 2011 BF (though that is perhaps no surprise). Still for the first few hours I would say a solid 95.
This was drinking so well right now. very approachable, with good fruit on entry but lots of depth on the middle palate, and a lovely finish. There is some of the funk, but not overwhelming by any means. At Mike and Angie's post wedding dinner, so did not take detailed notes! I do think these wines will last a good while. This is one of the better Cayuse 2004s I have had -- some of the others have been a bit too fruit forward for my taste.
Excellent! Hedonistic, exuberant, sexy wine. Great balance. True shiraz nose with some surprising extra's. Ripe black fruit, plums, cassis, cocoa, pepper, tobacco, beautiful wood, jammy, fine mineral scent, integrated tannins, dry aged meat. Fresh and savory on the palate, long and broad finish. Will stay alive for at least 10 years.
18th Annual Lyon 10 Year Retrospective (Lyon Down Inn): Hedonistic wine with an open nose of black fruit, spice, pepper, bacon fat, and tar. Similar on the palate with a thicker texture than most this evening. Fell way off overnight becoming shorter and slightly sour, 89 pts. I wouldn't keep this a lot longer...
Wine was drinking well, but starting to fade. Has the signature Cayuse bloody/funkiness but still showing enough fruit to make it really enjoyable. Armada has never been my favorite Cayuse, but this one was the most enjoyable one that I have had.
Decanted for 30 minutes. Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. Unmistakably Cayuse. Big, funky and supremely concentrated. Blueberries, saline and soy sauce on the nose. Olive tapenade, pork rind, cherries, blueberries and iron on the palate. The finish is immense. This wine is less funky than the other '04 Cayuse Syrahs. The purity of fruit is amazing. Perfectly balanced. Drink over the next year or so.
In a sweet spot! Extremely well balanced after a 2 hour decant. Not the overt funk found in most 04s. Huge blueberry nose as well as soy, earth, ash, lavender, veggies, saline, and white pepper. Peppered beef stew on the palate along with red fruit, earth, blood, veggies, dried herbs, and tobacco. Massive finish. One of my favorite Cayuse to date!
Drank last October, no formal notes, but on par with one of the best wines I have ever experienced. Amazing, and glad to have acquired another. Drank with other world class contenders, and this stood out as my favorite.
A terrific bottle of wine. Started in on it after an hour of decant time and it seemed to slowly improve over the 2 hour drinking period. Not quit as barnyard in the nose as other Cayuse I have tried, this had a stunning core of deep berries with subtle tastes of black licorice and subtle olive undertones. Still seems to have lots of stuffing left and I will savor my last 2 bottles for drinking over the next 3-4 years.
WOW, WOW, WOW, This wine evolved so much over the period of 24 hours, it's unbelievable, super well balanced and really really long. Massive wine with the typical Cayuse elements, amazing wine! Guys, do me a favor and decant this wine at least 8 hours!
Whoa. Whenever I drink a cayuse, all my sticker shock dies. They are worth the price. THis was brilliant. Black olive, deep dark fruit and a touch of licorice on the nose. Big depth on the palate of black berry and a touch of Rhone-ness. Concentrated, but not oppressive as it danced on the tongue. 30 second + finish. sailed away. AS we left it open it matured, and gave a touch of molasses. Awesome wine.
My first Armada and didn't disappoint. A little mute at first but really came alive with that delicious red fruit, pepper, spicy syrah finish- Some blackberry and licorice on the front with a little bit of black olive brine. Really nice- the 07 barrel sample I had remains the best US syrah I have ever had- better than Atlantis and Raven (only SQN's I have had). This wasn't in that league, but you could certainly see the lineage and this *tasted* like syrah.
I know this is going to get a "No shit" from the peanut gallery, but it was the wine of the night for me. Medium ruby-purple, it just awakened your taste buds. Most of the funk has blown off (just enough to satisfy my funk love) and what is left is a gorgeous example of syrah. Concentrated, ripe black raspberries, asian spice, and hints of pork cover the inside of your mouth. Thick but with a nice vibrant lift. Really concentrated but not overly so because of a nice rusticity. Cayuse syrah has the stuffing to age well, I think. 96pts.
This wine was very complex with cherry, cassis, licorice and earthy flavors. Full bodied with a long finish that gained in intensity and showed some spice notes at the end. I think this was the first time that I had tasted a Cayuse Armada. Really great stuff!
Really impressive, particularly after the disappointment of the overoaked and clunky En Cerise. Much more balance and depth here with a great flavour profile of blackcurrants, olives, earthy and herbal notes with the oak very subtle and well integrated, and a polished, silken texture in the mouth, finishing long and savoury.
Opened this bottle for our 9th wedding anniversary. Very rich and oh so fruit forward. A little hot on the palate. I had a 2003 Syrah Armada which I thought was a bit better...we'll see how it is after a few more hours open.
Very differant that what I expected. The color is a bid lighter than I would have thought, almost a dark brick red. The nose is all provincial herbs and black olives. This wine looks like something from the South of France. Good concentration. Great wine.