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2013 Cayuse Impulsivo En Chamberlin Vineyard

abv 13.9%
  • 98 WA
  • 90 WS
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SKU: 134085-2013-750

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  • Rating: 97

    One of the wines of the vintage is the 2013 Impulsivo. Made from 100% Tempranillo and with only 214 cases made, it has incredible notes of bloody meats, cold fireplace, black cherries, currants and cedar. This gives way to a full-bodied, concentrated, structured 2013 that will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring and drink well for a decade or more past that. Looking at these latest releases from Cayuse, the 2013s are surprisingly elegant and silky, with less overall concentration and depth than I expected after tasting them from barrel last year. They possess slightly lighter, translucent colors, moderate to good concentration and polished tannin. At times I was wishing for a touch more exuberance and texture. Nevertheless, these are silky, seamless, elegant wines that will be fun to follow over the coming decade or more. The 2014s also lean towards the more elegant, streamlined end of the spectrum, yet have another layer of texture and richness. They're a step up over the 2013s.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Supple, plush and inviting, layering licorice- and black olive-accented blueberry and plum flavors with velvety tannins. Finishes with presence.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Rating: 92

    (aged in about 60% new French oak, including a new foudre and some 600-liter puncheons): Deep medium ruby. Inky aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet. Penetrating dark fruit flavors are complicated by an iron-like suggestion of fresh blood. Still quite tightly wound, even a bit reduced, and showing limited early sweetness. Densely packed, powerfully structured wine with serious tannic support and outstanding thrust. From big clusters with small berries, according to winemaker Christophe Baron, who suggests that this wine will make |a great substitute for Cabernet with red meat.| Spreads out nicely on the ripely tannic, subtly long back end. - Stephen Tanzer
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  • 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

    • 53 bottles owned
    • 17 collectors