Bottle Notes, Syrah

2006 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard – Bottle Notes

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 Vineyard was planted in 2000. This vineyard produces The Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon, Impulsivo Tempranillo and En Chamberlin Syrah.

Blood red in color. 14.6% ABV. Like all the En Chamberlin bottlings from this era, this wine brings the funk in spade. Olives, smoke, iron and cherries on the nose. Immense and concentrated. Full bodied with strong acidity. Flavors of blood, olive tapenade, grilled meats and cherry. The finish is absolutely exquisite. It’s hard to describe how unique and delicious this wine is. Drink over the next 1-3 years. What a treat. Bravo!

My rating: 97 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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