Red

2008 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 113

  • KPB wrote: 90 points

    May 9, 2019 - Needed an hour to knit together, seemed disjointed on opening.

    With air: Very dark, with a slightly minty aroma over red currents and a faintly exotic note that reminds me of ripe pawpaw fruit. Smooth and supple, but rather young on the palate; probably won't peak for another five years or more. At peak, it could definitely merit 93-94; right now, however, it simply isn't integrated enough yet.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • thebonnydooner wrote: 94 points

    April 19, 2019 - Another absolutely fantastic showing. Very similar notes to the last time, nose is hugely impressive, so complex, with olive, meat, smoke notes all laced with blackberry and balck chery fruit. I did not find the palate as expressive as last time, but still juicy, smooth with lovely complexity. These are beautiful wines.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • redzins Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 31, 2018 - NYE 2018 with Jeff and Deana.
    Inky Dark. Roasted plum, char, and meaty aromas. Dark fruit, chocolate, and woody flavors, lead to a long finish

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • nywine68 wrote: 94 points

    November 17, 2018 - Awesome nose of chocolate and pepper jumps from the glass. This is full bodied and unctuous but not at all heavy. Very young and alive with good acidity to give it freshness. Savory meaty flavors mixed with strawberry jam with a medium finish.

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  • tantotinto wrote: 94 points

    September 25, 2018 - Tasted after 90 minutes in a decanter. Medium to light in texture, lighter than we expected. Not light in flavor. Cherry, brine, tar, spice. a nice floral lift and a touch of pepper on the finish. Elegant and inviting. Worth the wait.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue #12, 6/23/2012 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159 (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Australia and the Pacific Northwest, Issue #8, 6/25/2011 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/27/2012 (link) 95 points

    (Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard) Medium dark purple red violet color; lovely, redolent and poised, light tart plum, herbs, mineral, roasted plum nose with a light smoky quality; delicious, poised, elegant, complex, roasted plum, roasted berry, mineral, light lavender, smoke infused palate; good now but would benefit from 2-plus years; medium-plus finish (co-fermented with 6 to 10% Viognier; vineyard planted 1997; 18 mos. in oak)

Washington Wine Report

  • By Sean Sullivan
    9/22/2011 (link) ***** points

    (Cayuse Vineyards Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley) Incredibly dark in color. Leaps up with floral notes, mineral notes, and bloody meat aromas. The palate is hugely perfumed, rich, and full with a tremendous mouthfeel. Full of umami flavors, mineral, crushed violets, and meat. A mixture of power and grace. 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier. 785 cases produced.

  • By Sean Sullivan
    3/26/2010 (link) ***** points

    (Cayuse Vineyards Cailloux Vineyard Syrah Barrel Sample WWV) Nose is not there at present, although it is starting to develop earth, berry, bacon, and a touch of violets. Big and intense on the palate. Streaky fruit on a wine that is nothing short of exceptional. Seemingly less alcohol than recent vintages. 100% Syrah. 14.1% alcohol. To be released in 2010.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Cayuse
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Cailloux Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Walla Walla Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (1%)
  • In Cellars 892 (54%)
  • Consumed 751 (45%)

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BBQ steak, Osso bucco, Ribeye Roast, Staff Gifts 2013

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