Deep purple color, powerful nose that makes you sit up and take notice. The wine has tons of delicious dark fruit, great acidity and a long delicious finish. A real blockbuster both with and without food.
Simply an amazing wine and the best Armada I have had to date. Last tasted 3 years ago, this giant has transformed from a beast into a polished beauty matching remarkable berry and plum fruit with a finely balanced backbone. Lip smacking finish that leaves one wanting. All I can ask for in a Syrah.
2 hour decant, consumed over 2 hours and followed by a '95 insignia.
light-bodied, translucent, almost grenache-like. floral, feminine, and lacking any power i've experienced with other cayuse wines. honestly, ho hum and utterly beat down by the perfection of the '95 insignia. everyone pushed their second glass of this aside because it was so unremarkable. it's not bad, but i've had sub $30 syrahs from washington that were as good as this. maybe a poorly-stored bottle? it certainly wasn't corked. very disappointed. it's tough to score this with no price bias, but if scoring i'd say 88-90.
Yet another perfect wine from Cayuse. Definitely at its peak but will last five or more years. Garnet, mostly opaque. The nose is immediate and powerful, of dark fruits, burnt wood, coffee, fennel. It's viscous and full-bodied, but much smoother and much more balanced than some of the tannic "fruit bombs". Flavors are dark fruits, roasted coffee, anise, very long aftertaste. I have tasted more perfect and near-perfect wines from Cayuse than from any other American winery. Ric
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(Cayuse Vineyards Armada Vineyard Syrah Bottle Sample Walla Walla Valley) Holy smokes! Full on black pepper along with violets and game on a nose that is significantly more evolved due to the extra year of bottle age. A persistent intensity on the palate with crazy game tastes. Rich without being fruity. 100% Syrah. 14.2% alcohol. To be released in 2010.
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