2007 Cayuse - Syrah Cailloux Vineyard 750ml

USA - Washington - Columbia Valley - Walla Walla/ Red / Syrah
2007 Cayuse - Syrah Cailloux Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

($65) Good full ruby-red. Initially reticent nose shows black fruits, black olive, pepper, wild herbs, dried rose and violet face powder as it opens in the glass; I would have picked this as northern Rhone and been shocked to find I was wrong. Sweet, dense and primary, with intense flavors similar to the aromas. Really remarkably energetic and delineated for Washington syrah, offering outstanding grip and inner-mouth perfume. This somehow saturates the palate while coming off as weightless. Finishes very long and fine, with lingering notes of pepper, herbs and spices. A great vintage for Cayuse's flagship bottling.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 153

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Wine Advocate | 95

Baron's 2007 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard is unusual for its combination of Cote Rotie-like bacon, smoky black tea, and floral aromatic overtones with rich chocolate and licorice, all of these mingling with sappy confitured dark berries. This is amazingly supple and silken-textured, not because the tannins were baked-out of the fruit on the vine, but instead simply because they're so fine. After setting you up for a continuation of its incredible richness all the way to a long finish, it introduces tar, black pepper, and an almost horseradish- and mustard green-like bite for an effect of spine- not just tongue-tingling invigoration. At the same time, the mouthwateringly carnal aspects of this multifarious performance are never far below the surface. (While I realize it isn't 'supposedâ?� to show up its Bionic Frog counterpart, when tasted alongside one recognizes that this must be having an exceedingly good day. I suspect this Cailloux will remain well worth revisiting for the better part of a decade.)

Drink Dates: 2012-2022
Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 204

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Wine Spectator | 95

Tar, hot stone and licorice notes weave through the rich, dark plum, mulberry and currant aromas and flavors. A complex, beautifully knit wine that lets its flavors sail through a long, compelling finish.

Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Score: 93
Author: cpcolliton
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/02/2013
Score: 89
Author: gaston
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/17/2013
Score: 92
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/22/2011
My first experience with this wine and producer. Consumed over 3 nights. Liked it best as a pop and pour. Smokey bacon fat, blueberries, cranberries, and violets rounded out this superb effort on day one. Day 2 (my least favorite day) had a tart raseberry component thrown in with the rest of the fruit muted. Day 3, the fruit was back and the wine was nicely rounded out, although more fruit forward on day 1. A great wine.
More Vintages and Sizes of Cayuse - Syrah Cailloux Vineyard:

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