Quite amazingly expressive from the get go. Wafting aromatics of dark fruits, spice, beef blood, etc. Not nearly as much funky stuff typical in younger Cayuse. Nice on the palate, good finish. Super good stuff here, still young.
Color: medium-deep (almost opaque) ruby core -> medium ruby rim. Beautiful aromatics right on PnP with a relatively low score on the Cayuse funk-o-meter; bouquet improved over time and peaked at one hour plus to my mind. Bouquet of leather, roasted brisket and sirloin slathered with dark molasses BBQ, char and smoke . . . my god it's like a Texas steakhouse in this glass! Toss in a few green and black olives and some blackberry treacle and you've pretty much got the nose. Palate is a smooooth umami slippery slide; black fruit, wet rocks, horse-hoof earth and roasted meat goodness, this presents as quite Northern-Rhone to me. Long, long finish with low-level smooth, fine tannins, 14.9% Etoh well contained and good acidity . . . I'm pretty much smitten with this. I think it would probably stand out in a flight of Northern Rhones due to some sweetness in the fruit/lack of austerity but I'm really not finding that a drawback tonight. Certainly enjoyable now with a 1+ hour decant; gotta try throwing this blind at the tasting group!
Garnet, with ruby edges, opaque. Aroma a bit reserved at first, opened up over two hours; dark cherry and blackberry mixed with grilled meat and leather, elegant and complex rather than very powerful. The flavors are black fruits, very dark and rich; perfect balance with acid and tannins in the background, anise building on the back of the tongue with a slight "bite". The aftertaste carries through the dark, deep flavors and lasts at least a minute. It went perfectly with chateaubriand with herb butter. Very drinkable, doubt it has much room to improve, but should certainly last a number of years. A big wine, but seems to be a bit softer and more elegant than some of Christophe's other syrahs. Ric
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(Cayuse Vineyards En Chamberlain Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley) Dark in color. Arresting aromas of bloody beef, mushroom, and savory notes. Coats the palate from end to end with soft, savory flavors with incredible intensity and length. Among the best from the 2009 vintage. 100% Syrah. 314 cases produced.
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