Cayuse was founded in 1997 by Christophe Baron, a native of France who grew up in family of winemakers in Champagne. Baron studied viticulture in Burgundy and Champagne, and had ambitions to make Pinot Noir in Oregon. However, on a visit to Walla Walla he found property that he believed would be perfect for growing grapes and decided to purchase the land.
En Chamberlin is a 10 acre vineyard that was planted in 2000. This vineyard produces The Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon, Impulsivo Tempranillo and En Chamberlin Syrah.
The wine is a gorgeous ruby red in color. Intense aromas of cherries, soy sauce, iron and grilled meats. The palate has so much going on: cabbage, bacon, blood, meat, herbs and a ton of black fruits. There is a fabulous sweetness to this wine that underlies all the funky complexity you expect in a Cayuse Syrah. Drinking this wine is like curling up with a great book – the finish literally lingers for well over 60 seconds. Brilliant wine.
My rating: 96 points.
The waiting list for the Cayuse mailing list is huge and you need to be well-connected to get a bottle via retail. Either way, current vintages are worth the hunt!
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