Red

2011 Cayuse God Only Knows

Grenache

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 49

  • gbbwino wrote: 93 points

    January 18, 2020 - PNP....great right from the start. Very Burgundian in style. Spicy red (strawberry) fruit with classic Cayuse herbal notes. Tannins were a little prickly, but there is nice freshness that offsets this. Medium body with long finish. Great wine in an off vintage. Drinking very well now but can last up to 5 more.

  • PDX-S wrote:

    January 14, 2020 - Zalto Burgundy glass. Slow O for two hours after pouring a glass for air.
    Even from the initial first little rinse pour, the Rock’s aromatic funk is present in spades. How does domestic Grenache get to smell this way?

    Once warmed to room temp the olfactory carnival continues ad infinitum... smoky underbrush, gamey meat and funky fruit.
    Medium bodied with some taut and lean texture in the mouth, the tannins are fairly fine grained, appearing a little more prominent and in front of the acid and juiciness that is there, but taking a back seat.
    Palate wise, red and blue fruit notes intermingle with savory herbs and smokey underbrush.
    Restrained, composed, and yet all on display.
    Five hours later, the wine has gained weight and is closer to over the top for me. A little too much exuberance.
    2 days later, the wine has quieted down while retaining enough acidity to remain fresh.
    While no doubt popular enough and engaging at this point in its evolution, I’d likely wait at least a year or two before opening another.

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  • fournet wrote: 93 points

    December 30, 2019 - Better than most other vintages of this wine, though I have enjoyed most vintages I have had the pleasure to try. Ready to drink now. Enjoyed without food, with cured meats, and with filet mignon; equally enjoyable each time.

  • rmalloy Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 16, 2019 - Wow. This wine is really impressive. I love the blend of sweet jammy flavors (e.g., strawberry jam) with savory flavors (e.g., black pepper and smoked meat). There is definitely a touch of greenness -- which may be the result of a difficult vintage -- but I think it adds to the wine's charm. I like the finish, which reminds me of black tea. I probably would have appreciated some more tannins.

    I like the moderate, flowing body of this wine. Grenache can get very dense -- see especially Chateauneuf du Pape -- but this wine is nimble and easy to drink. Maybe it's a product of the vintage, but I think it's great to see an esteemed American winemaker making a wine less concentrated than that of its closest French counterpart.

    I won't hazard a guess as to how this wine will age. Certainly it's ready to drink now.

    I probably would have guessed CdP tasting this blind, without much confidence.

  • tomlee wrote: 93 points

    October 31, 2019 - Crimson in color. 13.9% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, olive brine, blood and minerals. Medium body with medium acidity. Plush and silky on the palate. Flavors of cherry, strawberry, barbecued meats and garrigue. The finish is long and supple. Delicious Grenache in spite of the challenging vintage although it lacks the concentration and power of other recent bottlings. Best over the next 2-3 years.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Cayuse
  • Varietal Grenache
  • Designation God Only Knows
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Walla Walla Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 27 (2%)
  • In Cellars 852 (61%)
  • Consumed 511 (37%)

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