Consistent with notes from last bottle. Earthy, funk on the nose. More dark fruit characteristics than last bottle, but gamey and N. Rhone style. Medium finish. Smooth tannins. In a great place and will wait a few years on last few bottles.
Decanted for five hours, re-bottled and consumed over next five hours. Surprised over the lack of sediment. Not as primary and hedonistic on the nose as other Cayuse I've had. Softer red and lots of blue fruit above the glass. animal hide, iodine. Palate is lacking any attractive characteristics, forest floor, gamey; but with no fruit left to support those notes. Finish is long, though not particularly interesting. A disappointment for a Birthday wine.
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(Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard) Opaque red violet color; sexy, deep roasted plum, pepper, green peppercorn, tart black fruit nose; tasty, rich, plush, tart black fruit, roasted plum, pepper palate; medium-plus finish (decanted for 6+ hours)
(Cayuse Vineyards Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley) A downright stinky nose with manure, burnt embers, and purple fruit. A well fleshed out, meaty palate dominated by olive flavors in its rich, expansive middle. Drinks like a well-cooked steak. 14.2% alcohol.
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