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  • 2006 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard

    It doesn't get any better than this! There are other perfect wines that are different styles, but none that exceed this in quality. Dark garnet, completely opaque. The nose is immediately very pronounced and complex, of sweet dark berries, smoke, roasted meat, all blended perfectly with just the right amount of oak. Hermitage style. Big, full-bodied dark fruit, meaty, smoky flavors, with a touch of anise. Viscous, coats the tongue, and the flavors keep building. Powerful and big, but very smooth and balanced. Very long aftertaste, with the deep flavors just persisting. Perfect, and perfectly ready, though it should last several more years at least.
    I enjoy saying that my favorite U.S. wines are Oregon syrahs. Cayuse is thought of as a Washington wine (the office is in Walla Walla), but vineyards and winery are in Oregon!

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  • 2009 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

    Garnet, opaque. Fairly viscous, slow-moving "legs". Pronounced complex aroma of blackberry, black raspberries, plums, burnt wood and coffee all mixed together. Dark, rich, concentrated fruit flavors, mouth-coating, builds on the palate, some anise toward the end, which carries through to the very long aftertaste. Coarse texture, not as elegant compared to Bordeaux. Rustic. This is absolutely outstanding and perfectly balanced. Drinkable now but still has moderate tannin and alcohol and should become a bit softer with another 2-3 years.

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  • 1992 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

    After 23 years, this was still a rich complex cassis, smoke, and earthy aroma. The minty notes of its youth, which were characteristic of this wine, are no longer present. It's medium bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant, still with good, smooth, dark fruit flavors and long aftertaste. After a few hours, though, the fruit definitely started to fade. This is a wine to open and drink within the first couple of hours, but very enjoyable.

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