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2009 Cayuse - Syrah Armada Vineyard 750ml
2009 Cayuse - Syrah Armada Vineyard
USA - Washington - Columbia Valley - Walla Walla
Red / Syrah
2009 Cayuse - Syrah Armada Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 165

Good deep red with ruby highlights. Distinctly decadent aromas of superripe plum, dried berries, mocha and smoked meat. Extremely dense, lush and thick, offering sweet, wild flavors of black raspberry, mocha and brown spices. Finishes very long, with big, ripe tannins. This large-scaled, mouthfilling, saline syrah will need time in bottle to express itself.

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WA
98

Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht Issue: 204

From his high-density 2001 planting, Baron's 2009 Syrah Armada Vineyard leads with a high-toned, penetrating nose that one can scarcely avoid calling Cote Rotie-like: bacon fat, fresh cherry, kirsch, framboise, and violet. But there are also black tea, caramel, and a penetrating note of sealing wax that's reminiscent of mature Bordeaux. Around one quarter of the 600-liter barrels in which this was raised (following fermentation in a mixture of cement and wood) were new. Dense, fine-grained but more evident tannins than in most of the present collection appear on a palate whose savory salinity and saliva-inducement, however, are utterly Cayuesque. The interplay of flavors here is kaleidoscopic and at the same time almost eye-squintingly bright. What's more, as the wine opens to the air, a real layering and interplay emerges of diverse carnal elements alone: smoked meat, game, bloody roasted red meat, marrow and bone meal. This Syrah's phenomenal sense of energy as well as of sheer, sappy, expansive presence, make for a finish whose vibratory intensity shakes-up my entire mouth. A truly awesome effort, it will surely be worth following for at least 15 years, though I've a hunch ' without knowing how Baron's earliest wines (which were surely different in important respects anyway) have matured ' that it will reward for significantly longer. (And if you wonder what Baron can do for an encore to such a performance, just sit tight for a year or two!) I'm relieved I didn't consider it necessary to 'scoreâ?� this wine any higher, otherwise I'd have left no room to express symbolically that the best is yet to come.

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WS
93

Wine Spectator Author: Harvey Steiman

Polished, displaying restraint to the blackberry and dark plum flavors that float easily over the polished finish and linger alongside notes of black olive and smoke.

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