Red

2016 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog

Syrah

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • mtolerico Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 27, 2020 - Another year of Bionic Frog and my thoughts remain the same. Some love this wine while others will hate it, like my wife. Initially as a PnP it is not very good, the nose is great with cherry, strawberry, smoked meats, bacon but the palate initially confirms the nose but ends in a load of iron and iodine that is bitter, off balance and off-putting. With some air the balance comes into play and more of the fruit shows itself, still maintaining the finish in a metallic iron riched minerality.

    2 people found this helpful Comments (3)
  • Cailles wrote: 94 points

    September 11, 2020 - Oh boy, this is a crazy wine… It’s so insanely intense that I not really enjoyed much more than one glass of it. It’s not that it would be too sweet, too thick, too heavy, too tannic or acidic or too one-noted, it is the opposite of that. Hyper, hyper layered, hyper pure and precise, without excess weight but it’s just too much to digest. Today more an intellectual pleasure than a hedonistic one. The wine should settle down and become more palatable but I’m not yet sure if this will ever become a “drink 2 bottles over dinner with a friend” type of wine. 97+ for the complexity and precision. 90- for the pleasure.

    TN: Fresh nose with intense black olives, bacon fat, pitch black fruit, herbs and lots of pepper. Same rainbow of aromas on the palate with a broader array of dark fruits and more minerality to complete the picture. Super intense and with delivered in HD. It’s not too ripe or cloying, it’s soft and silky with no hard edges and no excess weight. Still it is quite overwhelming despite all technical aspects being quite perfect.

    Decanting: Double decanted 8 hours before consumption which helped the wine a lot.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (4)
  • sirpat007 Likes this wine: 98 points

    August 16, 2020 - Tasted blind and nailed it easily given the singularity and uniqueness of this artificially augmented squib. An iron-fisted nose of green olives, raw meat, almost bloody with iodine minerality, a pitch-black berry fruit core but spotted with some brighter, red fruit. Lots of green herb, green bellpepper too, white pepper and adding sweet spices over time. So unique, incredibly singular and dense, almost chewy palate with a long, herbaceous, wet tobacco leaves and peppery flavoured profile - my wife said a palate like a dirty martini. Very well integrated and harmonious given such a young age. Amazing how Chrs Baron can square the circle of a monster truck body with goldsmith-like precision and meticulous detail.

    6 people found this helpful Comments (4)
  • bonedocnine Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 11, 2020 - very frogish. :)

    1 person found this helpful Comments (1)
  • vintage1949 wrote: 95 points

    October 8, 2019 - Caution Berry Scary review. Imagine walking down a dark hallway with a fan blowing towards the open end. About three feet in-look out-you bump into a large object. Your hands carefully explore the dark object that needs to be pushed to one side. Ok it is just a saddle that is worn down. Safely past this point you feel little slices of something falling from above. One lands on your lip and you smile-why it is chocolate. Not focusing on where you are your feet are landing on a bumpy surface. Squish-squish oh my what am I sliding around in. Hmm-your nose detects dark-why it is dark berries. You see light at the end of the tunnel however a knife flashes in the dim rays. You are relieved to know it is you local butcher cutting up slices of bacon. A breeze from the fan wafts past your nose. The combination of smells is most interesting. Wait-Whoa this is a dream during my afternoon nap. I look at the nightstand and smile a knowing smile. There is half a glass of Bionic Frog waiting to be consumed. Dave

    9 people found this helpful Comments (7)
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Cayuse
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Bionic Frog
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Walla Walla Valley
  • UPC Code 855152001760

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  • Pending Delivery 16 (1%)
  • In Cellars 965 (80%)
  • Consumed 226 (19%)

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