2009 Cayuse - Syrah Bionic Frog 750ml

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2009 Cayuse - Syrah Bionic Frog

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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

Good bright medium red. Enticing, perfumed aromas of medicinal black cherry, mocha, pepper and star anise. Extremely tight and very pure, with a sneaky sweetness to the essentially silky flavors of raspberry, pepper and flowers. Maintains its impressive breadth and silky texture through the very long, rising finish. For all its energy today, this wine strikes me as extremely closed and in need of patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 165

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Wine Advocate | 96

Cayuse's 2009 Syrah Bionic Frog originates in the Coccinelle Vineyard, planted in 1998, which features iron-rich clay with significant fine earth run-off from the nearby Blue Mountains, and, paradoxically, dries out quickest. In more ways than one, it's the opposite of En Chamberlin. 'This is, 90% of the time, the Syrah that we pick first,â?� notes Baron, 'which was September 24 in 2009.â?� Vinification was in concrete (though future vintages will ferment in recently-arrived wooden uprights), and the mix of barrels ' all Dominique Laurent's self-styled 'magic barriquesâ?� (which until 2011 was the favored medium for this bottling) ' was around 20-30% new. Baron and Bourcier explain how they like what these barrels have done for the Bionic Frog, but, adds Baron: 'My style of wine should not be based on a cooper, and I don't want to be dependent on one man's barrel.â?� Red and black raspberries as well as cherries ' seemingly simultaneously in confitured, fresh, and distilled formats ' are mingled with nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, black tea and salted caramel on the nose; and then again on a strikingly bright, sappy palate, leading to a finish of rapier penetration and compulsive saliva-inducement. The charm, mystery, and intricacy exhibited by a couple of other splendid wines in the present collection might be missing here, but the sheer energy, persistence, and, for lack of a better word, umami-savor are amazing. It's a brave man who would want to forsake the 'formulaâ?� behind this bit of alchemy, even if it depends on barrels whose alleged secret is guarded by an almost eccentrically passionate Burgundian winemaker! Almost unbelievably, Baron informs me that he thinks this wine is 'shy and in its shellâ?� right now; but I'm not buying that to the extent of including a plus sign or a plus with question mark after my score! Only around half the fruit was destemmed for this, incidentally; Baron says it was Verset who inspired him to the potential of vendange entier. This should be well worth following for 15 or more years.

Drink Dates: 2012-2027
Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 204

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Wine Spectator | 94

Focused, with nice density to the juicy blueberry and black plum flavors, hinting at black pepper, Lapsang souchong tea and tar as the finish sails on and on. Shows presence and depth, deftly balanced on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2012-2019
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Score: 97
Author: Cowles Ryan
Tasted On: 06/27/2013
Where to start. This wine is an amazing ride. As a relatively new person to wine, this was exciting to drink. Deep cherries, licorice and bacon'y leather fill your nose. You don't want to let it off your tongue as there is so much to taste. And the finish is velvet glove smooth, with the berries flourishing through the finish.
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