2008 Cayuse - Syrah Cailloux Vineyard 750ml

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WA 97   WS 95   IWC 94   Collector 98
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

A vintage that saw rain in late September, the 2008 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard is a co-fermented blend of 90+% Syrah and the balance Viognier, that wasn't harvested until October 10. Hitting 14.1% natural alcohol, it's drinking beautifully today and offers a meaty, iodine, peppery and plum-pit bouquet to go with a full-bodied, refined and elegant feel on the palate. It shows more and more floral and rose petal qualities with time in the glass, has plenty of mid-palate depth and will have no issues evolving for another decade.

Drink Dates: 2015-2025
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 219

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Polished, refined in structure and exuberant in flavor, bursting with cherry, smoke, paprika and tar character, finishing with a mineral edge. This has a steely balance behind the open texture, and the finish just rolls and rolls.

Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Author: Harvey Steiman


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Dark, bright red-ruby. Musky, smoky aromas of blackberry, black cherry, brown spices and licorice. High-pitched and taut on the palate, with lovely verve and focus to the dark berry and violet flavors. This gripping young syrah is most impressive today on the very long finish, which features noble tannins and outstanding cling.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 159

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: BytheBee
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/09/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2018
Dark berries, bacon fat, white peppe, flowers, garrigue, dirt leads a beautiful mouth full for berries and a long finish. Reminded me of Cornas, and also the better Crus from Crozes

Rating: 97
Author: G
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 03/11/2015

Average rating: 95, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

176 bottles owned by 55 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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