Classic Cayuse on the nose. Meaty, funky yet wrapped with nice ripe fruit. The palate is as smooth as silk, coats your whole mouth with roasted meat with very nice crushed dark black and blue fruit. Very balanced and integrated at this stage.
Medium red/purple hue. Smells of petrol and charcuterie. Super savory on the palate, green olive, cured meats, umami and earth notes. Soft silky mouthfeel. Medium acid, fine tannins really stain the tongue. Very distinctive wine, markedly different even from other Cayuse vineyards and wines from The Rocks.
Blinded this with 2 other Cayuse-themed wines and it was actually easy to pick out. It's definitely the most savory of all Christophe's wines. Hard to pick out one single note that sticks out. The cherry, earth, pepper, florals, plums, and veggies and blended masterfully. Really interested to try an Armada at 20 years to see what these turn into.
Crimson in color. 14.2% ABV. Unmistakable Cayuse nose of red fruits, iodine and tea. Smooth, warm and silky with perfect acidity. Stunning and pure. Cherries, game, olive brine and minerals on the palate. The finish is breathtaking. Spectacular Syrah that will drink well for at least another 5-7 years.
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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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