The Armada, to my mind, seems softer, more lush and elegant, than the other Cayuse vineyards. This one was gorgeous - really smooth and deep. On the nose quite gamey and smelled of raw meat (in that really good way). In the mouth, black currants and wild black raspberry with good minerality, strong but not prominent acidity to carry the wine start to finish, charcoal and (again) raw meat. The finish is long and lingering and moving from fruit to earth to meat. Marvelous wine. No idea what the future holds for the wine but my remaining bottles of this are not likely to stay around too very long.
Always outstanding, with Northern Rhone characteristic of Christophe's style. To my taste, it's perfect, and perfectly ready. Very pronounced earthy, leather, and meaty aromas with nice balance of oak. Big, rich complex flavors to match, plenty of fruit, but not excessively concentrated, and tannin there but in the background and not in the way. Flavors build and change on the palate over thirty seconds, but no bitterness. It has a long, warm, very flavorful finish. Baron's wines are simply delicious. Friends are always surprised when I say my favorite U.S. wines are syrahs from Oregon! They don't realize the northeast corner of the state, on the Oregon side of Walla Walla, produces some of the world's best syrahs, comparable to Guigal's great single vineyards. Ric
Dark and opaque; nose not as pronounced as Cerise, Cailloux, or Chamberlin, but dark fruits, earthy, smoke. Full-bodied, probably the most of Christophe's syrahs. Went very well with grilled NY strip. It's probably on the early side of its plateau and will be better in a couple of years, then last many more. Ric
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(Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard) Opaque red violet color; aromatic, lifted, olive, roasted black fruit, pepper nose; tasty, roasted black fruit, pepper, tart blackberry palate with refined tannins; long finish
(Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard) Very dark black red violet color; elegant, tart black fruit, tar, blackberry jam, fine roast coffee nose with a sense of lavender; tight, lush, tart plum, tart black fruit, light black pepper palate; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish 95+ points (vineyard planted in '01; aged in mainly neutral puncheons for about 22 mos.)
(Cayuse Vineyards Syrah Armada Vineyard Walla Walla Valley) Considerably more closed up at present than the other wines with liquid stone, ash, and crushed flowers. The palate is concentrated, textured, and structured. Alternating between firm and plush tannins. A chewy, full wine that coats the palate. A stunner. 100% Syrah. 492 cases produced.
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