3rd time having this and I continue to be blown away by how savory a concoction this is. Akin to a soy or other dipping sauce, I marvel at this and have a tough time seeing how anyone could just drink a glass on its own. A good pairing with the lamb, this wine has serious black pepper flavors. Overall I find this to be exceedingly stemmy. Yet the '08 blew me out of the water with its fruit core. Cayuse continues to be intriguing to me and somewhat of a conundrum. This wine is recommended if someone will pour you a few thimbles full, otherwise save your $
I had this 6 months ago and it was quite tight. Tonight this is just singing: highly aromatic with bacon, pine/juniper and tar mingling with rich (but fresh) blueberry over a campfire tone. Pleasantly reductive, rich and textured on the palate with good length. Young, but deliciously drinkable.
It doesn't get much better than this for syrah (or for wine, for that matter!). Completely opaque and dark. Pronounced nose of leather, tobacco, meat, smoke, quite complex. Full-bodied flavors, but acid, fruit and tannin perfectly balanced. Just a bit of "bite" back of the tongue. Very long aftertaste with some anise. Perfectly drinkable, but should last for years. 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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