HdR 2012 - The Return of the Bionic Frog

Paso Robles, CA

Tasted April 27, 2012 by OneLastSyrah with 358 views

Flight 1 (9 notes)

Red
2009 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Aged in neutral puncheons from Cote Rotie. About 14.5% ABV. Translucent dark garnet in the glass with a hint of tawny. Feminine, rather Burgundian cherry and earth nose. Ripe cherry fruit tinged with an earthy mineral/iron note.
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Red
2008 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Translucent dark garnet with a hint of tawny in the glass. Fragrant, feminine nose of cherry - rather Pinot/Burgundian. Ripe sweet soft cherry fruit, strawberry, and crushed rocks. Somewhat delicate.
Red
2008 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Somewhat translucent dark garnet in the glass. Iron/Mineral nose, somewhat high toned, delicate and Northern Rhone-like. Christophe suggested paper, which seems apt. Ripe plum and berry fruit, mineral laden, rather seamless. Interesting.
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Red
2008 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Somewhat translucent dark garnet in the glass. Iron, mineral, old paper, Northern Rhone-like notes. On the palate it comes across as somewhat delicate with minerals, Asian spices, and a touch of something savory (soy?).
Red
2008 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Almost opaque dark garnet in the glass. Fragrant nose of mineral, Northern Rhone meat, medicine, and a slight bacon. Medium full bodied with rather savory fruit and minerals. A bit cerebral.
Red
2008 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Aged in neutral puncheons for 22 months. Pretty much opaque dark garnet in the glass. Northern Rhonish mineral and Asian spice nose. Tight, structured dark fruit on the palate. Ripe, but rather high toned.
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Red
2008 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Meaty mineral with some Asian spices nose. Medium full bodied rich, somewhat savory but still feminine. Interesting. Christophe used some interesting descriptors that seem to fit: "ash tray," "teriyaki sauce," and he described the wine as "a little naughty."
Red
2007 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Pretty much opaque dark garnet in the glass. Rather savory nose of meat, minerals, and Northern Rhone-like funk. Similar to the 2008, but softer and more feminine.
Red
2006 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
Mostly opaque dark garnet in the glass. Sweet herbal nose with pretty Asian spices and meat. The most compelling nose of the three vintages in my opinion. Medium full bodied with complex dark, somewhat savory fruit and spices.
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