This is a lovely lovely wine. Cork broke on opening, but was able to strain it out. This has a wonderful nose of capsicum/Tabasco, leather, mint and other herbs. It reminds me of a good relatively young Bordeaux. Nice smooth fruit on the palate, with some nice acidity that gives it a good lift. Hints of violets, mint/eucalyptus, and even marzipan. The finish is fine and long. I worried that some of the Cayuse Bdx blends did not taste much different than the syrahs. This is exactly the opposite. Very much a product of its grapes, and its terroir. As someone recently said, people come to Cayuse for the syrahs but stay for the Bordeaux blends. Up until this point I did not agree – and maybe still don’t – but I see the point now!
All chocolate and oak on nose, medium to medium deep ruby, big chocolate, oak, smooth/toasty nose, a hint of blueberry and bell pepper - smooth and sleek w just enough acidity to sustain it. Definitely tasty, but to me, it falls just short of being a dessert wine, so not my cup of tea. Would be great after dinner, before dessert.
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