At dinner after a tasting of ten 2003-2011 Bob Foley wines, from Robert Foley, Padis, Switchback, including pinots, syrah, cabs, merlots. Most of these wines were very dark and huge, with very big tannins. This Cayuse was equally concentrated and dark, totally opaque. However, the nose was completely different, with coffee-mocha, leather, meat, black fruits, quite complex. Perfectly balanced fruit, full-bodied but acid and tannin well in the background...viscous and tastes which developed and changed on the palate over 30 seconds, some smokiness and anise. The finish is very long, also very complex. Always outstanding...a wonderful Oregon syrah! Ric
A broad-shouldered wine, similar to my last bottle 12 months ago - ripe, rich blue and black fruits, olives and herbs on the nose, big and full in the mouth, still some development to go and ideally I'd leave my last of three bottles another three to five years. Spicy Korean short-ribs were a great match for this, it needs food of real substance to show its best.
Déception pour ce vin que j'attendais au même niveau que le précédent (côte-rôtie). Un nez qui démontre un fruit chaud. En bouche, la bouche est pleine, bien faite mais toujours sans la fraicheur du Saint-Cosme. Une sucrosité en fin de bouche en ajoute une couche sur ce vin un peu "too much" pour moi. 88 sur 100.
Tasted with four 2010 Reynvaan syrahs, their 2011 cab, two 2009 No Girls, and four other Cayuse. Garnet, mostly opaque. Very pronounced dark fruit aromas, complex but still a bit brooding. Almost seems like cassis-cabernet nose. The flavors are very full-bodied and concentrated, all black fruits, with plenty of alcohol, and some tannin which stays in the background. Excellent balance, though. This was, except for Bionic Frog, the most concentrated wine of the evening. The density, concentration, acidity, and tannin carried through in the aftertaste and just kept going. Despite being five years old and very enjoyable, It's approaching the concentration of the Aussie shirazeses. Either drink it with very flavorful food, or hold it for a couple more years. Outstanding! Ric
Bright ruby-red with a dark core. The nose shows perfumed aromas of old leather, smoky blackberry and black cherry, violets, and licorice. On the palate, blackberry fruit, black tea, crushed stones, game, and peppercorn flavors are rich and plush. Beautifully textured, and staying on the finish. Outstanding.
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(Cayuse Vineyards Cailloux Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley) Dark in color. This wine pops aromatically with orange peel, floral notes, roasted meat, umami, and mineral notes. The palate is soft and perfumed with incredible intensity and length and fine grained tannins. 100% Syrah. 14.8% alcohol. 754 cases produced.
(Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard) Very dark red violet color; lovely, roasted black fruit, tart plum, lavender nose; tasty, roasted black fruit, tart plum, lavender, smoke palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points
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