At home with my "famous" brisket and "Jimmy's Italian potatoes"... last bottle, thought this would be a good pairing...decanted for about 90 minutes, drank over an hour.
Dark garnet/purple color, mild bricking. Typical Cayuse barnyard/funk on the nose. Dark fruit, dark cherry, plums and savory dominate the palate. Roasted meats, balsamic, black olives, soy on mid to back palate.
Wasn't sure how this group would react to a Cayuse, the profile is different from most syrahs...everyone liked this. Brisket turned out to be an awesome pairing. Wine is now in a tertiary phase, complex and interesting but (my guess) starting to fade. Would drink over next 3 years.
Color: still deep/dark ruby core -> medium deep ruby rim with some garnet/bricking. Opened for 1-1.5 hours, Soaring Cayuse-typical bouquet full of Cayuse-funk, blood, grilled meat, roasted cherries, brine and olives. Palate was similarly funky, showing roasted meat, olive tapenade, seared cherries and some leather and earth. A little funkier than I usually like, this actually went perfectly with roasted lamb and red bliss potatoes at home with the family. Medium bodied with excellent acidity and a medium/long finish, the ultimate question here is can you put up with the level of funk this brings to the table? I've noted that the '04 En Chamberlin also had a huge level of funk -- maybe an '04 thang for Christophe? I guess it all comes down to: if you can put up with the funk/brine/whatever or are matching it with big flavours, GO FOR IT!
Time to say goodbye to an old friend. Absolutely lovely. Plums, dark cherries, and at times hints of slightly burnt toast (I know, really?), blood, hints of cedar and earth. Everything Cayuse is cracked up to be. On to the 05's!
Crimson in color with some bricking on the edge of the glass. 14.3% ABV. Great nose of cherries, meat, olives and iron. Full bodied with nice acids and a great mouthfeel. Gob of cherries on the palate with game, blood, soy and tea. En Cerise has and always will be about cherries. Aging gracefully. Super finish. Drink over the next few years. Thrilling wine.
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