The 2002 Cayuse Bionic Frog was the winning bottle in the August installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was not decanted.
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.
Bionic Frog fruit is sourced from Coccinelle Vineyard. The 4.5 acre plot was planted in 1998.
Purple in color. 14.6% ABV. Complex nose of cherries, smoke and game. Silky mouthfeel. Cherries, peppercorns, olives and grilled meats on the palate. The finish is endless. Textbook Cayuse. This wine is the complete package. Intriguing, complex, sophisticated and elegant. Great showing for a 12 year old Washington Syrah. Clear proof that the wines of Cayuse are age worthy. If I had another bottle I’d love to check it out at the 15 year mark.
My rating: 95 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!
I blogged about Cayuse recently in The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.
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