93 pt as a wine, but only 91 as a cab based wine.. the flavor profile is atypical of a cab, no cedar, no pencil shaving.. just pure fruit.. But the wine is not clogging and has good acidity and lift. So this wine is all about mid palette and missing frame and structure..
S&E Wine Society - New World Reds 95+ Rating (S&E): Blind Tasting MOT=95 Color: Might be garnet or closer to brick red Nose: An incredible, not sure what to call it but funk. Not disgusting or a turn off but really interesting. Made me feel warm. Earthy and dark cherries. Palate: Solid amount of fruit but fruit thinned out. Tannins did not, strong and enjoyable. Opinion: I love interesting and unique wines and this is one. Someone thought (blind tasting) that it was an aged old world pinot, its delicious. I need to get more. Reveal: My WOTN, also my wine but I loved it!
Very interesting wine with complex aromatics, spices, black cherry and anise. Ripe soft tannins with a long fruit filled finish. Reminds me of Andrew Will's Champoux. My only bottle that I plucked from an auction, wish I had more.
This wine was incredible. Typically the camaspelo is not the highest rated cayuse, but I am finding this wine in a super place. Really enjoyable. Funk on the nose. Hints of tobacco, canned artichokes and fruit. Palate went on and on.
Earthy nose with distinctive funky note characteristic of Cayuse wines followed by pomegranate and a subtle hint of Asian pear. Red and black fruits with raisin on the finish. Still fairly wound-up, probably could use another 2 years to peak based upon historical tastings of prior vintages. Very nice, met - but didn't exceed expectations.
Super savory elements . Nose is moderate complex. Nowhere near as big or in your face as their Syrah. Bloody steak, pomegranate, some smoked meat, leather saddle and more rustic barnyard. Really funky but the palate comes across lighter than you'd think. Though still refined and elegant, the flavors are lighter than the nose lets on and shows more bright red fruit and road tar. Nice wine.
Silky smooth tannins with a hint of smokiness. Supple mouthfeel. Since its young it would benefit from decanting. We took it to a restaurant and it started very tight but opened up nicely in about 30 mins. I will hold on to my other bottle for a while.
Decanted and consumed over two hours. Intense red-garnet color. Explosive, intense nose of ripe red fruit, tar, tobacco, blood, graphite, herbs, soy, and all kinds of other savory aromas. Equally intense and rich on the palate. This wine is chewy in a good way. The fruit is deep but not jammy, the tannins are ripe and fine and balance the fruit beautifully, there is excellent acidity, and it's all wrapped with a tarry finish that lasts at least a minute. Wow. This is utterly distinctive and profound. Blew the 2007 Bressler out of the water.
Complex, definite meatiness and a dark, briny olive undertone, with hints of coffee. Gave this a 5 hour in-bottle airing before drinking and it definitely smoothed out and benefited from the treatment. Medium bodied, wonderfully integrated oak, elegant.
Well I thought I blew it w/this bottle. I opened it for a friend but we decided it was way too tight so I re-corke and thought nothing of it. 2-3 weeks later I popped again and there was a porty, raisan, vinegar nose and I was like "oh S*** I just wasted a btl of cayuse!!" Well I left the glass out for bout 3hrs and it came together! A day later I decided to give it a go. On the nose there was vanilla, jalopeno, plums, cinnamon, worchester & earth. Big and dense on the palate, really teeth staining. Nice balance with a fairly long finish. I still think it was effected by the "re-cork" so I will withhold a score. But it drank well enough for us to enjoy.
Cracked a bottle last evening. Absolutely needs at least an hour of decanting, but 2 would be better. Really softened and revealed substantial floral notes after some time in the glass. Let this sleep a couple of more years if you can resist.
5-1/2 hour double decant and bottle left open in the cellar. 67% cabernet; 25% merlot, 8% cab franc. This is a great wine. My wife and I both loved it. Complex red fruit and meaty flavors with some chocolate notes and a bit of something that reminded me of caramel without the sweetness. Very nice mouthfeel (almost velvety from the merlot), dark color, and power than did not shrink away from the grilled New York strip steak we had for dinner. There is a lot going on in this wine and each taste revealed additional flavor potential. My first Cayuse. If the Camaspelo is this good, the Bionic Frog syrah, which is supposed to be significantly better, must be other worldly.
Had not had a young Camaspelo and told some friends I would pop a Cayuse for our xmas party so gave this a go. Very approachable young but a few years away from really showing what its made of. As usually a cornucopia of fragrances and flavors. The nose revealed a good dose of manure upon opening, followed by tar, coffee grounds, black tea and bitter chocolate. On the palate it was a beast of the coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, massive rainer cherries and a hint of minerals w/a lil heat on the finish. All in all a massive young wine that needs time in the cellar to be tamed. I think this will be gorgeous in a couple of years. 92ps now but could come close to 95+ in the future. This really was the 1st Cayuse that made me think new world through in through.