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2005 Cayuse - Grenache God Only Knows

UNITED STATES / WASHINGTON / WALLA WALLA
  • 96 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Grenache
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SKU: 241485-2005-750-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($55; from a crop level of less than a ton an acre) Good deep ruby-red. Liqueur-like black cherry and roasted strawberry on the nose, lifted by pepper, exotic flowers and cinnamon. Offers a lush texture and compelling sweetness of roasted red berry flavor, with a lightly tarry quality and a suggestion of minerality from the inclusion of a bit of syrah. Baron told me that the grenache was pinot-like before he added the syrah, and that now it's richer and creamier. Finishes with slightly tough tannins that softened up with aeration. This sappy, liqueur-like, peppery wine makes a fascinating new addition to the Cayuse portfolio and shows terrific varietal character.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The red wines start with the 2005 Grenache God Only Knows - Armada Vineyard, the first release of this wine. It was produced from yields of 1 ton per acre with 75% of the crop dropped on the ground. Cherry preserves, kirsch, and raspberry are the primary notes both aromatically and on the palate. It is super-expressive and mouth-filling with a very long finish. |High density vineyards and low yields are the secret to Grenache,| says Baron.
    Author: Jay Miller
  • Self | Rating:

    Had with a 03 Les Amis (Aus) and 07 Pure (French). All 100%. More smokey with big flavors. The Les Amis was the most integrated and complete...maybe due to the years of difference.
    Author: napares
  • Self | Rating: 91

    sine que non of wa st. a bit dissapointing
    Author: tiberite
In a state most often associated with rain and apples, vineyards occupy more land each year. Nearly all of this vineyard expansion has taken place in the eastern part of the state, where arid, almost desert-like conditions prevail. Winters are harsh and frost is always a threat, but such conditions, along with sandy soils, have allowed most Washington vines to grow on their own rootstocks—a rarity among wine regions throughout the world. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 115 bottles owned
  • 40 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 40 collectors)