Popped and poured at Nostrana for Kelsey's birthday. Lovely nose with only a touch of the "Cayuse Funk" at first. Cherry fruit, grilled meat, pepper, and some plum. After an hour or so, the funk came out, and it was a glorious thing. Drinking really well right now, so I'm going to assume this one is very near peak. Drink now - 2020.
Dark garnet, opaque, with no signs of browning. Immediate pronounced aromas of charred wood, black fruits, plums, mocha, pepper, quite complex. High glycerin, very viscous. Full-bodied flavors but perfectly balanced, tannins in the background. Black fruits with earth, hint of anise. A bit high on the alcohol. Very long finish, with anise becoming a bit more pronounced. En Cerise is one of my favorites of Baron's syrups, always a great balance of power and elegance. This is fully mature but should easily hold another few years. Ric
J & K Anniversary Wine Night (Joe's Bar and Grill): PNP, this wine has an immediate nose once in the glass, just swirling it 2 feet away from your schnoz gave up the first impressions black fruit, plum, earth, leather, and sangre de toro. A smidge of "Cayuse Funk" showed up later. Nice depth and complexity on the palate where it added a touch of pepper to the layers of fruit. Now-2019.
Deep, dark garnet, completely opaque. Aromas moderately pronounced, of blackberries, dark plums, earth, roasted meat, showing some complexity. Extremely viscous, with very slow "legs". Flavors take a while to build on the palate, but become very thick, rich, dark, and mouth-coating, with some licorice and some bitterness after 30 seconds, which persists in the aftertaste, which is long. I don't like it as much as some of the other syrahs, but I'd just give it another year before trying another, to see if some of the bitterness resolves. Ric
We drank it in the middle of it window, it was smooth and went well with the dinner of beef at Bateau The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like black currant (cassis) and black pepper.
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(Cayuse Vineyards En Cerise Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley) Dark in color. A moderately wine with iodine, roasted meat, ash, mineral. The palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied, shimmering with intensity. 100% Syrah. 362 cases produced.
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