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2010 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
5/17/2019 - Radboy wrote:
95 points
Incredible aromatics, fascinating fruit, a nice but a bit of a truncated finish.
  • Radboy commented:

    8/10/19, 7:57 PM - That is a tough call. I still have quite a few bottles and bet it will continue to evolve. Wait a year or two if it is your last bottle?

  • Radboy commented:

    8/23/19, 6:39 AM - I had the 2009 last night and it was fabulous!

  • Radboy commented:

    8/29/19, 7:55 PM - Hey Dave! I think the Bionic Frog is bigger than the Cailloux and holds more fruit but have never considered it a fruit bomb. I think about drinking windows and inevitably they seem best to me starting at the 5 year mark, but preferably at the 7-10 year mark. I think the fruit gets muted after 10 years and the rustic flavors emerge. Not my favorite, but to each his own. I can’t remember the last Frog I opened before the 7 year mark but I will probably try one earlier just to find out. My next mission! Cheers, Steve

  • Radboy commented:

    8/31/19, 10:13 AM - It is tough assignment but we can do it! I have a bottle of 1990 d’Yquem I am holding for when I retire in 4-5 years. By all accounts it has years of life ahead. So starting now is a good idea, i haven’t checked the vintages though.

  • Radboy commented:

    8/31/19, 12:31 PM - I try to balance having fun now, my wine budget, my wine drinking windows with my retirement planning!

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2013 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
7/13/2019 - Radboy wrote:
94 points
Funk, brine, grilled red meat, dust. And a fabulous nose. In fact, I could just swill this and be pretty OK. There is a sweetness on the nose that is irresistible. Polished finish, I think the mid-palate could be a bit hardier but that is nitpicking. Drinking quite well and it will be interesting to see if it picks up more complexity. Is there enough back bone to age long?
  • Radboy commented:

    8/11/19, 10:42 AM - Hey Dave, I think it is ready to drink now and may get better with another year or two in the bottle. Fabulous nose. We did a 2-3 hour decant as usual. Enjoy the wine and the party! Cheers, Steve

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1977 Graham Porto Vintage Port Blend
7/20/2019 - empire80 Likes this wine:
93 points
A great bottle. Cork completely crumbled even with the Durand, but rescued by port tongs. Rich spicy fruitcake, simply delicious.
  • Radboy commented:

    8/10/19, 7:36 PM - Port tongs are great. We didn't have them when we opened this so we made a make shift filter system with aluminum foil and a coffee filter!

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2013 Cayuse Tempranillo Impulsivo En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
4/27/2016 - bajayngo wrote:
Quick bdx dinner tasting note - Brought to the bdx tasting just to pair with the delicious steaks. Showing well in it's youth with halmark cayuse notes of funk-mineral and veggies followed by smoke, tobacco leaf some high toned fruits and roundness. Looking forward to putting some cellar dust on this to round it out.
  • Radboy commented:

    8/10/19, 7:12 PM - I heard the 13’s were early drinkers so we popped this tonight. At the 3 hour mark this is still a bit tight. Still young you think?

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2013 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
9/3/2018 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine:
93 points
Typical Cayuse nose of smoke, roasted meat, blackberries and black raspberry, elegant and complex. Medium body on the palate, soft and round flavors similar to the nose, no evident tannin. Medium-long aftertaste. This vintage overall is lighter than several others and is for near-term consumption. I would drink these over the next 2-3 years.
Ric
  • Radboy commented:

    7/13/19, 8:24 PM - Hey Ex-Ray! So you think the 13’s are earlier drinkers? This one seemed just right and I would consider that I am drinking it early in its window.

  • Radboy commented:

    7/15/19, 7:07 AM - Thanks Ric. I better stand some up for intermediate consumption. Cheers.

  • Radboy commented:

    7/15/19, 7:12 AM - Have you tried the ‘13 Horsepowers yet? They seem typically a bit more concentrated than the Cayuse!

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2010 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Contender Walla Walla Valley
6/14/2019 - Radboy wrote:
87 points
This was disappointing on this night. Muted fruit, middling mid-body, shortened finish. Semi-corked perhaps?
  • Radboy commented:

    6/14/19, 9:27 PM - I think so!

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2008 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
1/20/2019 - Motz wrote:
95 points
What to write about this!? For the first few hours the bouquet and taste profile showed white pepper, garrigue sap, dried blood, ash, kelp, and feral notes, but featured zoo yard, barnyard on steroids if you will. In all seriousness, the wine smelled of the large mammal section of a zoo, specifically freshly released wiz and laid poo. Yeah! After several hours the wiz and poo integrated with all the other elements, which made for a fuller, more appealing, and deeply satisfying experience.

If drinking now, recommend a long decant. Otherwise, it seemed that this can last for another seven to ten years+.
  • Radboy commented:

    5/26/19, 9:08 PM - We did a 4 hour decant and it was singing!

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2012 Cayuse Tempranillo Impulsivo En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
5/16/2019 - Jimywags wrote:
94 points
Decanted for two hours. Classic Impulsivo, which means it's loaded with smoky plums and judicious funk. Of all the Cayuse bottlings year in and year out, the Impulsivo repeatedly lands in my top 3. 94pts.
  • Radboy commented:

    5/24/19, 8:36 PM - Great stuff indeed. We always manage to not open this when we have company!

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2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/13/2019 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderful fruit....black and blue. Nose of pencil shavings and black fruit. Full mouthfeel, mild to moderate astringency remaining with a touch of wood. Perfectly integrated acidity. We probably drank it a little early but, eh, I have plenty of them!
  • Radboy commented:

    5/11/19, 8:32 PM - It really is drinking wonderful, right?

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2010 Cayuse The Lovers Walla Walla Valley Red Blend
10/22/2017 - ron m wrote:
Good wine, but not special. Clean nose with cassis and cherries, maybe a bit of green pepper. Smooth civilized palate. Everything in its place, but nothing excites.
  • Radboy commented:

    4/26/19, 8:49 AM - My thoughts as well. Enjoyable but nothing stood out.

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2016 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
1/27/2019 - Vinnut wrote:
Deep, dark, inky, purple garnet almost opaque in color. Initially reticent with noticeable funky aromas but eventually developing into full, forward & attractive nose of overripe fruit aromas of dark cherries, blackberries & plums with overtones of spice notes of pepper & earthy/dusty, raisins, floral notes of violets, mushrooms, dried herbs, tar, minerals with a vanilla notes. Full bodied with a heavy concentration of dense & intense, balanced & still rough textured, dense, overripe & deep fruit flavors of dark cherries, blackberries & plums with spices, bittersweet cocoa, herbs, mushrooms, minerals & a hefty dose of vanilla. Lingering finish with noticeable sweetness. Drinks quite well with decanting and extended airing, but will may benefit from much needed additional aging. A unique style of wine that for some is overripe, over extracted & over the top.
  • Radboy commented:

    4/7/19, 7:45 AM - Great review. If this is like past years, it will be much better at the 5-7 year mark. The ‘09 is drinking terrific right now.

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2008 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/17/2018 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
OK, a few more years will add softness and more complexity here, but if you were going to pop a cork tonight, it is not going to hurt anyone. This beauty is silky, luscious, polished, soft and hard to resist. Secondary notes of tobacco, truffle, burnt wood and leather are already easy to discern. Drink it now, or age it for another 5-7 years.
  • Radboy commented:

    2/15/19, 8:08 PM - Me thinks this will develop some secondary notes over the next few years. Great wine. You nailed it in your review.

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2011 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
4/11/2018 - Jimywags wrote:
95 points
Decanted for two hours. This wine and this vintage continues to blossom. It has taken a few years for the 2011's from Washington to put on a little weight and develop. They are drinking beautifully right now. Mineral nose accented by mushroom, soy, and blackberry fruit. Medium-bodied with layers of earth, brambly fruit, dark cherry, and fennel. Keeps getting better. 95pts.
  • Radboy commented:

    2/11/19, 7:28 PM - I just had my first bottle and also wondered how much longer to hold this wine. I think more short term, next year or two. Next time I will do a shorter decant as well (did 3 hours).Cheers.

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2013 No Girls Grenache Walla Walla Valley
7/19/2017 - Redteeth wrote:
Did a tasting of 2013 Grenaches from Horsepower, No Girls, and God Only Knows Cayuse. There were quite a few similarities initially; especially the nose and first taste. All were good. Over time the Horsepower turned out to be a consensus favorite. The GOK opened up nicely into a very enjoyable wine. No Girls was third choice being a bit thinner and tarter. But, it is clear they are from the same family.
  • Radboy commented:

    12/27/18, 5:43 AM - That would be a fun tasting and one that I should do. My observations are pretty close to yours, with the Horsepower being the gold standard. Have you tried a vertical? It is fun to compare vintages.

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2013 No Girls Grenache Walla Walla Valley
2/21/2018 - fitchbuck Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted 3.5 hours. Luxurious bouquet throughout our drinking experience. Paired well with a creamy pasta & seafood dish.
More subtle than any Cayuse I've had, this drank light but slightly flat [its only fault]. Still, the juice was a wonder to behold - as it carried its fine tannin with elegance - and was indeed quite pretty, as a prior reviewer commented. Smoke / charcoal, raspberry & florals, char / ash. I'm not certain that this will gain complexity years down the road as others are suggesting, as there was no acidic backbone or tightness to speak of.
Yet still... with all this sunshine I'm blowing its way... I would rather have a Latta grenache at half the price, in nearly the same package of experience. 94-95
  • Radboy commented:

    12/27/18, 5:40 AM - Interesting comparison with Latta. They also make an excellent Grenache. I am evaluating all of my higher end Walla Walla purchases from a QPR perspective right now. I will pop one of these this weekend and give it a try. My recollection is that the perfumed nose of No Girls outshines Latta, but at what cost? Cheers.

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2005 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
11/8/2018 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
95 points
The ‘05 Haut Bailly was classic in every way, and it was a pleasure to taste. Here I found crushed raspberry with hints of red currant, as lifting minerals, floral and dusty earth tones added perfumed depths. On the palate, I found an elegant and refined expression, with dark red fruits, citrus-tinged blackberry, mocha and minerals, all kept fresh through balanced acidity. Residual tannin appeared on the finish, as black raspberry and spice seemed to saturate the senses, leaving a savory mineral twang.
  • Radboy commented:

    12/15/18, 10:11 PM - Nailed it with your review.

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2015 Château Laroze St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/22/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
89 points
Medium bodied, soft, forward and open, with dusty tannins and a red berry, herb, oak, tinged finish.
  • Radboy commented:

    12/8/18, 9:11 AM - Would you hold or start drinking this Jeff? I just picked up 3 bottles but have plenty of time to lay down for a couple of years.

  • Radboy commented:

    12/8/18, 8:00 PM - Thanks Jeff! I tend to like them older so I will put them down for awhile. Nice to know they have staying power. Cheers.

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2009 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
8/19/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
96 points
I love Cayuse. But I really love Frog Cayuse. Often the different between a top cuvee and the one just below is minimal. Not in this case. But the general Cayuse Syrah cuvees are all fabulous. The '99 Frog just is so deep in fruit and complexity. It is all Cayuse stank (more restrained than the other Cayuse cuvees), deep, deep layered fruit - plum, cassis. Other flavors are soy, earth, a little vegetable - it of edamame. I had it using the Coravin (CV) and then couldn't help it but finished the bottle over the next two nights. One night in a tasting with a lot of other great wines where it was WOTN for me and my tasting buddy. All-in-all, this is a great wine, which is good - even for someone who usually prefers the more classic European wines. I do think this is the top wine of Washington Syrahs. I'd love to hear other recommendations.
  • Radboy commented:

    11/15/18, 2:54 AM - Reynvaan In the Rocks and Foothills Reserve are also a couple of personal favorites.

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2012 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
1/27/2018 - Radboy wrote:
98 points
Opened tighter than a tick on a hound but a 3 hour decant brought things into perspective. This has polished finesse balanced with depth and character that rivals the best of the other Cayuse wines. It is a toss up on whether it is more like an Armada or an En Chamberlin between me and the missus. I think I need to drink more bottles to fully explore that thought. It opens with wafts of leather and tobacco with a slight bit of mushroom lingering in the shadows. Simply fabulous fruit with notes of umami, soy and sweet plum fruit with the deep earthy terroir of the Rocks. Polished but not a prolonged finish. The fruit seals the deal. Great wine.
  • Radboy commented:

    10/5/18, 11:26 PM - We had the ‘12 The Tribe tonight. Mind blowing good!

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2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/6/2018 - Radboy wrote:
94 points
Better with a decent decant.
  • Radboy commented:

    7/6/18, 7:51 PM - For sure. 2-3 hours you think?

  • Radboy commented:

    7/6/18, 10:43 PM - Excellent! Start at the 3 hour mark and let her flow! Cheers.

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2009 K Vintners Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard Wahluke Slope
4/16/2017 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Mehhh....When I tasted this wine in Walla Wall a few years back, I was convinced of the quality and paid 70 bucks for it...Glad I only bought one bottle. Today I would not pay more than 20.00, but that's just me...

I read all about the earthy and meat juice character that people are noting, but damn, you really need to learn to read between the lines to see the tiny print. I tasted red fruit, prominent vanilla from new oak, and good acidity. The wine lacked fruit or mid palate umph to balance out the 15.5% alcohol, causing it to seem a bit hot, hollow, or disjointed. All in all these guys make nice wine that to me seems to be at its best in its youth.

DRINK!
  • Radboy commented:

    4/14/18, 10:22 PM - You mirror my thoughts. A decent drink but not worth the price I paid!

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2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva Tempranillo
12/10/2017 - Radboy wrote:
90 points
A nice every day drinker.
  • Radboy commented:

    1/19/18, 1:04 PM - Food friendly as well.

  • Radboy commented:

    1/19/18, 1:11 PM - You are making me hungry now! I may have to pick up a few more bottles. I bet it will drink well for a number of years. Cheers.

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2008 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
12/2/2017 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine:
98 points
A fabulous wine at its peak, this totally opaque dark garnet-purple wine has an immediate pronounced nose: smoky roasted meat, blackberries, plums, pepper. Extremely viscous...glycerin coats the glass. Full-bodied and mouth-coating, but perfectly balanced, with just light tannin. Minimal "bite" on the late palate, but great and long aftertaste. This is typical great Cayuse syrah, nearly perfect. Drink now, but should easily hold another five or more years. The style is very much like Guigal's single vineyard wines, but even more intense, and at a fraction of the cost!
Ric
  • Radboy commented:

    12/16/17, 8:09 PM - We just enjoyed this last night and it is delicious.

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2014 Maison Bleue Coureur des Bois Columbia Valley Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
10/13/2017 - by wrote:
Update:

The winemaker, Jon Meuret, contacted me and made everything more than right. Good on them.

Terrible! Spoilt somehow. I hate to say "brett!" but there was some funky thing that wasn't good.

And here's the problem with winery "clubs" (Côte Club in this instance). It's a one way street; I can't just return it as I could to my local retailer.

Maybe they monitor cellar tracker? If they do I'll be impressed and update here.
  • Radboy commented:

    10/13/17, 9:46 PM - I would contact the winery and ask for a replacement.

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2009 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
4/14/2017 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine:
98 points
Dark garnet-purple, completely opaque. Pronounced aroma of blackberries and cassis, roasted meats, but opened slowly. Viscous. Very concentrated on the palate, dark fruits with charred wood, smooth, but high alcohol, persists into an extremely long finish. Outstanding, but still a bit closed, may still need a couple more years in the cellar.
Ric
  • Radboy commented:

    10/1/17, 9:35 AM - Spot on ex-ray. Huge, deep wine that should get even better. Cheers.

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2012 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks Walla Walla Valley
5/26/2017 - Anonymous wrote:
Well, as my wife says, "That Reynvaan is good." And this one is to me in the sanctum sanctorum category. Real push and pull -- meaty and fruity; salty minerals and leather; bright and deep, all at the same time. For a reliable, go to bottle of savory, classy flavor I don't think I would trade my remaining four bottles for any sub-$100 wine out there, and there are a lot that command a three-digit price that I wouldn't consider trading for either.
  • Radboy commented:

    8/16/17, 6:20 PM - It looks like you might soon get your chance to pay three figures for this wine. Futures up to $90 now! Makes Cayuse look like a bargain.

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2005 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
7/7/2017 - Dj6544 wrote:
92 points
Thick and rich, this is certainly characteristic of what many '05s have turned out to be. Clearly meant to be drunk a decade from now, at the moment it feels a bit full on. Though it may well prove to have the right stuff to make great old wine, the seemly over extracted fruit would worry me a little.
  • Radboy commented:

    7/7/17, 8:51 PM - Good to know. I have three bottles and will wait a few more years to pop one. These guys always seem to produce agers!

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2014 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
3/24/2017 - seijaro wrote:
85 points
A really odd taste, not pleasant. Maybe it was a bad bottle?
  • Radboy commented:

    3/24/17, 5:36 PM - How long a decant?

  • Radboy commented:

    3/25/17, 2:05 PM - Bummer. I hate it when that happens.

  • Radboy commented:

    6/24/17, 6:31 AM - The Rocks region of the Walla Walla valley has a specific soil type similar to the Rhone Valley. It is composed of river rock, which produces wines with dramatic flavor profiles, typically bolder and containing earthy and barnyard flavors. Christophe Baron from Cayuse successfully first planted the region, which actually is in Oregon.

  • Radboy commented:

    6/24/17, 4:20 PM - You are hardly a rube! It is an unusual combination of flavors and not for everyone. You will have no problem unloading the rest of your Horsepower if you choose. I had The '14 the other day at the winery and it was very good and also very young. I won't even touch my bottles of '14 until 2019-20 at the earliest. Cheers.

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2005 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
2/29/2016 - JulianSkeels Likes this wine:
96 points
6hrs slow ox, double decant and drank over following 4hrs. This is a wonderful and distinctive wine that has further improved in the last 2yrs. Like all great wines it evolves in the glass over a prolonged period, sucking you in to see what comes next (pop and pouring this wine will miss many of its wonders). Initially stewed and floral nose shows there is some Viognier there, before the Syrah takes over and it settles into bacon and olive tapenade, meat, sweet licorice and herbs. In the mouth this become very intensive although remaining fairly sweet for a long time, with acidity low and tannins there although very sweet and smooth (note there is still some oak integration to go). I'm not a fan of either low acid or over-ripe wines, but this works extremely well, it just needs air at this stage (peak maturity is probably 2020-2030). Taste complexities include crushed rock and salinity, dark chocolate and blackberry. Not only Northern Rhone - but this reminds me specifically of a slightly sweeter Bessards (one of my favorite Hermitage sites). The finish is intense, albeit it 'only' 30 secs. Highly recommended. Glad to have a few packs of this wine, pop the next bottle in 2018.
  • Radboy commented:

    2/11/17, 9:15 PM - This really is a dandy and I am enjoying it right now. I have a few bottles left and will see how this evolves. This was a sensual explosion!

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2011 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
9/3/2016 - Radboy wrote:
94 points
This is starting to reveal itself and is a lovely drink. Hints of mushrooms and dark earth. Dark berry fruit and just a slight hint of the normal black olive found in these wines. A bit restrained, as others have noted, but not in a bad way at all. I would say the flavors are more intricate, not in your face as in the hotter years. Love it.
  • Radboy commented:

    1/3/17, 6:06 AM - Bummer!

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2011 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
5/3/2016 - Jimywags wrote:
95 points
Decanted for 2 hours. This wine has certainly grown and picked up complexity since I drank it last year. Much better wine, to be honest, and it wasn't a slouch last year. The wine has developed a bit more palate weight and is bursting with fig, tea, dark cherry, mushroom, underbrush, olive, camphor, and black raspberries. Very firm, which I suspect is from some whole cluster that was not as present a year ago and lends a nice balance to the fruit. After drinking this bottle, I can see this wine peaking in about 3-5 years with even a few more points of potential lurking inside. Excited to follow the progress. 95pts++.
  • Radboy commented:

    12/18/16, 8:30 AM - Good report. It sounds like this is just starting to emerge. It also sounds like a 2 hour minimum decant is in order! If I open it now, it should be ready by Christmas day;)

  • Radboy commented:

    12/31/16, 1:45 PM - We had the '11 En Cerise at Xmas and it was fantastic!

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2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
11/24/2016 - Yagil wrote:
94 points
Castilla y Leon tasting (at my home): P&P
dark opaque red-purple
reduced nose at first, then heavy dark fruits, roasted coffee, oak-vanilla on the nose
dark heavy fruity flavours, liquorice, firm tannins, rich earthy flavours, requires 2-3 hours of decanting, still very young and can further age 5-15 years.

after 20 hours: excellent hedonistic nose & palate
  • Radboy commented:

    12/22/16, 10:47 PM - Should I wait to open now or wait? Maybe an 18 hour decant?!?

  • Radboy commented:

    12/23/16, 7:37 AM - Thanks! I was starting to give up on it.

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2006 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
10/16/2016 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine:
99 points
My tasting of 12 Christophe Baron wines. One of my favorites, along with 2009 No Girls syrah and 2010 Reynvaan Stonessence. Dark and opaque, with pronounced aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, some of the Cayuse "funk" or "barnyard" component. Full-bodied, perfectly balanced, still with some tannins, slightly hot on the aftertaste. Drink or hold several years.
Ric
  • Radboy commented:

    12/3/16, 7:44 PM - We are drinking this right now. Terrific wine and you nailed the high points. Fabulous wine!

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2012 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
11/24/2016 - AACollection wrote:
Poured into a wide-bottom decanter about 3 hrs before drinking. From the get-go this showed an intense nose. This reminded me of my past experience with the 2011 Tribe Syrah. Just unreal complexity and concentration.

On the nose, everything: loads of smoke at first, then violets, black raspberry, charred meat, a touch of olive brine. Goes back and forth from earthy to fruity, from savory to sweet. The ``rocks" funk was secondary; this showed no brett.

On the palate, acid was slightly soft at first, as expected, and the creaminess on the palate is in the fore. After a second, the acid kicks in with a touch of tang, but beautifully weighted as well. Loads of dark raspberry on the palate and some nice salinity and iodine notes, with some white pepper/nettle coming in at the end. Just a touch of tannin on the finish, which layers iodine, salt, and black raspberry.

Definitely needs a long decant. This was incomparably better than the 2013 Sur Echalas that we opened recently...

Day 2: Was sitting overnight on the counter. Nose still rather intense: violets, a touch of iron today. A bit skunkier on the palate, but everything seems more attenuated. The very soft tannin hasn't disappeared.
  • Radboy commented:

    11/24/16, 10:37 PM - Great review. What do you figure the drinking window is? I still haven't popped a bottle of Horsepower.

  • Radboy commented:

    11/25/16, 5:10 PM - I just had an '03 En Cerise this week and it was still nice. The fruit was subdued and more like cherries, with the typical olive and brine no longer present. But the finish was excellent. But it was my last '03. We had an '07 En Cerise at Thanksgiving and it was fabulous, the fruit much more vibrant. I find that the GOK and En Cerise typically drink earlier than say, the Armada. There seems to be two schools among regular Cayuse Syrah drinkers and it really boils down to the flavor profile one prefers. Those that can't stand to wait, and/or love smashmouth big fruit tend towards drinking in the 3-5 year range. My preference is to not even open a bottle until the 4 year mark (except the grenaches, like No Girls and GOK). I find the ideal drinking window is typically during the 5-10 year range. Those that prefer more subtle, subdued but potentially more interesting flavors prefer a longer time window. '12 is my oldest Horsepower so I will probably open my first one sometime in the next year. Enjoy your wine!

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2010 Cayuse The Lovers Walla Walla Valley Red Blend
9/18/2016 - Ron Slye wrote:
92 points
Lovely wine, still a bit tight and closed. Did not take detailed notes, but was drinking nicely two days later. Very floral nose, with some good dark depth.
  • Radboy commented:

    9/22/16, 10:27 PM - I am thinking hold another year or so then?

  • Radboy commented:

    9/22/16, 10:36 PM - I am thinking hold another year or so then?

  • Radboy commented:

    9/23/16, 9:03 AM - Me too, sounds good. I am dying to try it!

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2011 No Girls Grenache Walla Walla Valley
Gave this about 2 hrs in a wide bottom decanter. This was a great wine, and I'm going to nitpick it. Absolutely fantastic nose with pure raspberry, incense, crushed rocks, cherry liqueur. Almost a purer and less flamboyant version of the des Tours Vacqueyras. Imo, the nose was better than the GOK Grenache from the same year that we tried recently. On the palate, the story is a bit different. The acidity is perceptibly low, and the wine leans medium- bodied. More very pure red raspberry and some slight crushed rock minerality, but there is something missing: the palate is a little bit thin. Just the very slightest hint of structure on the finish, which is shorter than I would like. Because the acid is low and there is little perceptible tannin, this seems like it might be an earlier drinker than, e.g., the 2010 version of this wine, but I would love to hear other opinions...
  • Radboy commented:

    7/12/16, 9:25 PM - I think it is an early drinker as well.

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2011 No Girls Grenache Walla Walla Valley
1/11/2016 - BRR Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasted alongside the 2011 No Girls Syrah, 2011 Horsepower Syrah, and 2012 Horsepower Grenache. This was my second favorite of the evening, behind the '11 Horsepower Syrah. Fantastically complex nose already, with exotic spices and an array of red fruit. Rich, but still energetic in the mouth. I'd continue to hold my other two. Based on the way this wine is built, I'd expect it (and the Syrah) to age very well.
  • Radboy commented:

    7/12/16, 9:23 PM - I am enjoying this right now and concur. Great juice!

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2011 No Girls Syrah Walla Walla Valley
1/11/2016 - BRR Likes this wine:
89 points
Tasted alongside the 2011 No Girls Grenache, 2011 Horsepower Syrah, and 2012 Horsepower Grenache. This was my least favorite of the evening. Perhaps it suffered being compared to the Horsepower, but it didn't have the concentration of the HP. Varietally-correct, and definitely a leaner, more cool-climate Syrah, this is about as atypical as one could get with domestic Syrah...in a good way. Hands off for another 3 years. Like the Grenache, I think this will add weight and depth after a few more years of positive evolution in the bottle.
  • Radboy commented:

    6/17/16, 6:58 AM - Good to know. Do the others need more time as well?

  • Radboy commented:

    6/17/16, 8:59 AM - I had similar thoughts after drinking the '11 Cayuse Cailloux. It seemed like there was a lot lurking below the surface that might emerge with a bit more time. Especially good to know on the Horsepower, which I am chomping at the bit to try😛😛😛.

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2012 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
9/11/2015 - Jimywags wrote:
95 points
Decanted around an hour. Mini "Get Your Rocks Off" Showdown between a 2012 Cayuse Cailloux Syrah, 2012 Proper Syrah, and a 2011 Two Vintners Stoney Vine Syrah. To be honest, it wasn't much of a contest with the Cayuse easily taking down the Proper and also handling the Two Vintners, albeit not by much.

My guests kept coming back to this wine and exclaiming that is was the most distinct and thought inducing wine they have had in years. That's what you get with Cayuse. A uniqueness, a distinction. Heaps of traditional Cailloux aromas...iron, freshly cracked pepper, soy, and earth. Plush with ripe fruit in the mouth (the 2012 vintage was built for early drinkers) that compliments the savory qualities on both the nose and palate. Definitely drinks very well now and would recommend drinking in the first 5-7 years. Not sure how much better it will get with extended age due to the vintage. 95pts.
  • Radboy commented:

    3/19/16, 5:02 PM - It sounds like the 2012 wines will be early drinkers. I better try a few now!

  • Radboy commented:

    5/25/16, 6:10 PM - Thanks Dave, you are too kind. I am going to open this over the holiday weekend and check it out! I trust Jimywags to steer us right. Steve

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2011 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
3/17/2016 - Radboy wrote:
93 points
From a cooler and more interesting year, this is an intriguing wine. The fruit is deep and dark but its essence is elusive. Notes of iron, earth and black olives on the nose. There is a hint of chocolate on dark berries throughout the tightly defined fruit. But there is a subtle depth to this that seems to just be emerging. What lies ahead?
  • Radboy commented:

    5/25/16, 6:07 PM - I thought that this was a very interesting wine and, as others have noted, it is less "in your face" than other Cayuse vintages. I think that you would enjoy it now! IMHO, it has improved over the last few years and will probably get better still but time will tell. Usually the extra time softens the massive fruit on these wines and the drinking preference really is based on the flavor profile that one prefers. But me thinks this vintage is bit different in this regards. Have fun either way.

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2010 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
1/3/2016 - Radboy wrote:
95 points
A bit more refined and less in your face than from other years. Delicious and drinking well now but will likely add additional complexity with time.
  • Radboy commented:

    1/8/16, 7:01 AM - Great. Let us know what you think. It really is a beauty. If you get a chance, try No Girls someday. Equal goodness but a different flavor profile.

  • Radboy commented:

    1/8/16, 8:39 AM - We must have similar palates. I think the Royal City is over rated. Big and bold but none of the nuances that Cayuse or Reynvaan put out. I quit buying it.Get on No Girls waiting list, it is worth it. I grew up on Georges Latour from BV and it was my first great Cab that I tried, a 1978. That sure and the hell dates me, doesn't it!

  • Radboy commented:

    2/17/16, 10:07 PM - You know Dave, this wine is drinking better than a year ago and I would not be afraid to share it with anyone. Just make sure it gets a full 2-3 hour minimum decant. It is fabulous.

  • Radboy commented:

    3/15/16, 6:15 PM - I haven't started on the 2011 yet, probably this year. I like 4-5 years of aging but it s indeed time for a Cailloux!

  • Radboy commented:

    4/2/16, 7:37 AM - Good luck. We were at Cayuse yesterday. Another great round of wine!

  • Radboy commented:

    4/2/16, 7:48 AM - We live in Spokane. Put it on your bucket list!

  • Radboy commented:

    4/2/16, 7:56 AM - No worries. We have made every year since 1999. They taste almost all of their wines from barrels at their vineyard in Milton Freewater,Ore. About 20 minutes from WW. We also hit Tranche, Kerloo and Maison Bleu, which you would probably enjoy. Cheers and good luck fixing your problem.

  • Radboy commented:

    5/13/16, 4:54 AM - I am sorry that I have no experience with their wine but hear about them all of the time. Maybe you can buy a bottle somewhere and try it!

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2007 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
3/13/2016 - rhalbert wrote:
96 points
Wow, what a difference a year and a half makes, plus a 6 hour decant. This was one incredible wine and currently wine of the year (it is early :)) Completely resolved smooth tannins, finish that lasts forever. Just amazing.
  • Radboy commented:

    4/30/16, 11:57 AM - 6 hours huh? I am cracking one tonight.

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2006 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
4/17/2016 - tomlee wrote:
96 points
Ruby red in color. 14.6% ABV. Textbook Cayuse on the nose with aromas of cherries, olive brine and cabbage. Medium body with all sorts of acidity. Pure silk on the palate. Flavors of black olives, bacon fat, grilled meat, cherries and pepper. The finish is exceptional. Fantastic Syrah and under appreciated wine in the Cayuse lineup. Drink over the next 2-3 years.
  • Radboy commented:

    4/27/16, 9:56 PM - I have one bottle left, time to drink up! I loved it the last time I had it and thought it was the best En Cerise I have had.

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2012 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
4/20/2016 - Jimywags wrote:
93 points
Decanted for an hour or so and then sat for 15 minutes in the glass. I've been complaining lately (mostly to myself) that the En Cerise is the one wine in the Cayuse line-up that I have the least experience with. Why is that? It's a highly thought of wine every vintage, earning praise left and right. It seems to possess the qualities I look for in a syrah...both savory characteristics and pure fruit. I realized that I don't have a good explanation other than I'm an idiot! Luckily for me my brother-in-law, Fred, gets an allocation and I set out to introduce myself once again to the En Cerise. Just by looking at the wine in the glass, you could tell it was leaning more in the red fruit camp. Initial aromas of cherry and raspberry fruit with the unmistakable undercurrent of funk. Maybe I've been drinking too many 10's and 11's recently because this wine seemed amped up. While I thought the 12's would be ready from the get go because of the perfect growing conditions, I really think this wine needs a bit of time to settle down. Definitely has everything I like in spades (red fruit, funk, earth, umami, soy, olives) and is a very good wine now but I would hold off for a year and let the amplification settle. 93++pts.
  • Radboy commented:

    4/23/16, 3:05 PM - Everyone's tastes are different but this doesn't shock me on this needing a bit more time. Great report, I haven't even popped an '11 yet! Cheers.

  • Radboy commented:

    4/26/16, 7:59 PM - Keep us posted!

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2002 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
2/16/2016 - BRR Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice wine that is still going strong. Aromas and flavors of marionberry, Hoisin sauce, peat. This was a little muddy in texture, but was full of flavor and aroma, and showed quite well. I'd say it'll be fine for another 3-5 years before declining.
  • Radboy commented:

    4/16/16, 6:27 PM - I am drinking this right now and agree with your assesment on being "muddy". But this has no effect on its flavor!

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2009 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
4/14/2016 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep, dark garnet, completely opaque. Aromas moderately pronounced, of blackberries, dark plums, earth, roasted meat, showing some complexity. Extremely viscous, with very slow "legs". Flavors take a while to build on the palate, but become very thick, rich, dark, and mouth-coating, with some licorice and some bitterness after 30 seconds, which persists in the aftertaste, which is long. I don't like it as much as some of the other syrahs, but I'd just give it another year before trying another, to see if some of the bitterness resolves.
Ric
  • Radboy commented:

    4/16/16, 8:10 AM - I have enjoyed the En Cerise over the years and find it typically to be better earlier in the cycle, like the Cailloux that EX Ray noted, than the En Chamberlin and Armada. The flavor profile does change quite a bit over time and some of the fruit gives way to more earth and soft tannins after ten years in the bottle. It is really just a flavor preference IMHO. I have tried this particular bottle only once and didn't take many notes but think that another year in the bottle sounds pretty reasonable to me!

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2006 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
4/15/2016 - perlasteve Likes this wine:
99 points
opened at my retirement dinner at Kevins. Hard to know what a 100 point wine would be but this comes as close as possible. Last '06 was 4 years ago and it was fantastic, a full meal deal. This bottle, after showing little funk and more fruit, opened up to middle earth and the aromas could be smelled across the room. The fullness of the earthy flavors made this '06 the ultimate full meal deal. An absolute phenomenal wine. Needs only about 30 minutes of air time and then the animals are out of the barn. I will always remember this night, it was my last '06.
  • Radboy commented:

    4/16/16, 7:59 AM - Congratulations on retirement. It sounds like you went out in style!

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2007 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
3/10/2016 - Ron Slye wrote:
89 points
This was odd and disappointing. At first opening it tasted beautiful. Double decanted. Then four hours later shared as part of the Seattle group's first/second tasting. It seemed a bit thin and disjointed -- not nearly as complex as the last bottle I had. The bottle did not seem to be flawed (though some thought it might be). May just be bottle variation, or a evolving phase, or it is not going to be there for the long haul and the double decanting accelerated that. Will try again this evening and see how it is holding up.
  • Radboy commented:

    3/10/16, 11:22 PM - This is a bit concerning. The last time I had this it was fantastic. I may pull a bottle and try. Thanks.

  • Radboy commented:

    3/11/16, 3:52 PM - You know, it amazes me how wines taste differently at different times. There is always bottle variation but sometimes even good wines taste funky and crappy wines taste pleasant to me. It intrigues me to no end. I have a couple left and might need to pop one to make sure it is alright;)

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2001 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/26/2015 - Radboy wrote:
92 points
Some extra cellar time has softened the edges quite a bit and added some complexity. We had it with prime rib at Christmas and it was a winner.
  • Radboy commented:

    12/26/15, 7:16 PM - Great!

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2010 Cayuse The Lovers Walla Walla Valley Red Blend
2/24/2015 - IanBlessing Likes this wine:
94 points
Deeply fascinating wine. It seesaws back and forth from cabernet to syrah almost every minute. In one sniff it displays 100% classic cab characteristics, predominantly loads of cassis and blueberry, the next you're sure it's a En Chamberlin syrah, despite knowing full well it's only 16% syrah, and it's actually En Cerise.

In other moments there's a clear, beautiful marriage of the two, the syrah seeming to soften the cab, and brief, exciting glimpses into Cayuse's telltale iron, meat, black tea, soy sauce, crushed rock, and funk. Then, just as soon as it came, the syrah is in the background, and the cab takes over. Rinse, repeat, and the interplay starts all over again. The balance is really lovely. There are times when I want to obsess over the nuances, and times when I just want to sip and not think about it. Both drinking styles are equally enjoyable.

94 for the sheer interestingness, and the revelation that cab and syrah make great lovers. Only reason I didn't score higher is a finish that seemed uncharacteristically soft. Lingering, yes, but the other Cayuse wines I've had packed more of a punch on the back end.
  • Radboy commented:

    12/7/15, 9:26 PM - Great review. I look forward to trying this in another year or so.

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