Popped and poured after 30 min. Couldn't wait to try. Agree with the funk nose comments, and the fact that the smoky qualities that were present a few years ago are more restrained now. It was funny to hear comments from those who've not tasted before... "that's so different" " Tastes like ham?" "What's that aromatic herby smell??" -- Together, we all agreed this is a special wine. Lots of depth and meaty qualities that make it somewhat unique for an American wine. More Northern Rhone like that most. Smooth on the palate. Fruit is dark, with lots of great flavor. Will do my best to hold onto the others I have... this is just so much fun to drink!
Paired perfectly with lamb burgers topped with sautéed fennel and guacamole. En Chamb always brings the funk and the label should have a pic of George Clinton on it. Veggie funk, unsweetened chocolate, meat, blood, charred earth, and fresh herbs. No hurry to drink up but in a great spot now.
Decanted 3 hrs. When I last had this in 2010, this was a pretty intense, in your face wine, even by Cayuse standards. Though it is always a matter of personal preference with these wines, the additional 5 years of bottle age has certainly mellowed the wild beast; less overt smoky blackberry fruit, more of a pronounced mineral edge, trademark low acidity, but exquisite structure and balance. A distinct note of fresh vanilla bean emerged on the mid palate, and while surprising, it was by no means over done or cloying, unusual though. Still, a very complex and cerebral wine, I’m guessing that while it will hold no real reason to age further.
Decanted. Immediate Cayuse funk on the nose, lovely, meat, blood, animal, deep blackberry fruit, some smoke and tar, so complex. More of the same on the palate, very smooth, yet juicy and with mild tannins, ripe blackberry and dark cherry fruit, huge long finish. One of the best bottles of wine I have ever tasted. Equal top score. Absolutely delicious.
valentine's day. white anchovies app, Caesar's salad, sauteed calamari in homemade pasta with pesto. The Cayuse, nose of barnyard funk, palate of the same with dark currant, leathery, Perla said some clay. full body. Pure Cayuse and wonderful. Can't wait until tomorrow to finish it off. Opened bottle and let sit 1 - 2 hours, did not decant. Probably OK to p&p also. Good bottle time.
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(Cayuse Vineyards En Chamberlain Vineyard Walla Walla Valley) A funky, aromatic nose with mushroom, earth, mineral, streaky red fruit, floral notes, and healthy dose of black pepper. Thick and intense on a palate that has a perfect polish to it and is almost impenetrable. The palate shows lots of sliced black olives and pepper. The finish is seemingly endless. 14.6% alcohol.
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