Red

2008 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Walla Walla Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 99

  • wine4ever Likes this wine:

    July 26, 2019 - Outstanding, nearing extraordinary. Full bodied yet elegant. Smooth, lovely texture. Excellent structure and balance. A wonderful myriad of flavors that change constantly. We all loved it. At peak but has enough stuffing to go for at least several more years and may even continue to develop more secondary characteristics.

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  • Dale M wrote: 95 points

    July 24, 2019 - Although a sliver below the Almighty 2007 Armada, this was right there as the best that is made in the US. While I still love me some BF, the slightly understated tone of an Armada allows it to shine with cellering while I think the frog mostly settles in and then holds the fort (very nicely too). Just outstanding.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • Francophile1 Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 22, 2019 - So great to see a wine made in Walla Walla taste like a finely built Cote Rotie. This is animalistic, savory, and beastly. Almost a meal in a glass. Iodine? Iron? Charred meat? All of the above along with white flowers, pepper, and a touch of funk. There has to be Viognier in this blend. A bit over the top for my palate, however.

  • tomlee wrote: 95 points

    June 16, 2019 - Ruby red in color. 14.2% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, iron, olive brine and coffee. Dark and brooding on the palate with wicked acidity. Surprisingly concentrated and primal. Cherries, iodine, blood and grilled meats on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and silky. Stunning Syrah that is so uniquely Cayuse. Fantastic now but I would think this could age another 3-5 years if one were so inclined.

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  • thebonnydooner wrote: 94 points

    June 9, 2019 - Soft yet intense. This is a mature Syrah, full of complexity. Smoke, meat, blood, hints of iodine, menthol and oregano. Complex, very interesting and very balanced. Long sweet, sweaty finish. Excellent, drinking well, no need to keep.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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    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 Richard Jennings
    8/25/2012 (link) 94 points

    (Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard) Opaque red violet color; aromatic, lifted, olive, roasted black fruit, pepper nose; tasty, roasted black fruit, pepper, tart blackberry palate with refined tannins; long finish

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

    (Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard) Very dark black red violet color; elegant, tart black fruit, tar, blackberry jam, fine roast coffee nose with a sense of lavender; tight, lush, tart plum, tart black fruit, light black pepper palate; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish 95+ points (vineyard planted in '01; aged in mainly neutral puncheons for about 22 mos.)

Washington Wine Report

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

    (Cayuse Vineyards Syrah Armada Vineyard Walla Walla Valley) Considerably more closed up at present than the other wines with liquid stone, ash, and crushed flowers. The palate is concentrated, textured, and structured. Alternating between firm and plush tannins. A chewy, full wine that coats the palate. A stunner. 100% Syrah. 492 cases produced.

Wine Definition

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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 38 (2%)
  • In Cellars 774 (50%)
  • Consumed 751 (48%)

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