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.
Impulsivo is 100% Tempranillo sourced from En Chamberlin Vineyard.
Crimson in color. 15.2% ABV. Stunning nose of red fruits, campfire, raw meats and blood. Mouth coating, palate staining fruit with plenty of acidity. Flavors of cherry liqueur, veggies, iron, saline and minerals. The silky texture and suave tannins, on an exceptionally long finish, are noteworthy. Without question the best Impulsivo I have ever had. Drink over the next 4-6 years.
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!
I blogged about Cayuse previously in The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5.
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