Published in February 2015

Wines, Spirits and Beers published in the February 2015 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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Cayuse 2011 En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $75

Dark and concentrated, this sends up complex aromas saturated with tar, asphalt, ink, steel, smoke and charred barbecue. It’s a beautiful wine, tight and textural, in perfect balance, with superb depth, precision and elegance. The most contemplative of a superb 2011 Cayuse lineup, this wine above all needs your full attention.

 — P.G.  (2/1/2015)
98
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Cayuse 2011 En Cerise Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $75

The immediate impression is of savory umami aromas pierced with pine needle and sage highlights. Red and black licorice, along with sweet cured meats, bring complexity to fruit flavors of berry, cherry and plum. Toss in Provençal spices, coffee grounds and the classic Cayuse earthiness that continues through a deep, firm, beautifully defined finish. Drink now…

 — P.G.  (2/1/2015)
97
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Wayfarer 2012 The Traveler Pinot Noir (Fort Ross-Seaview)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $150

From an estate block planted to a mysterious suitcase clone, this is an insanely memorable and indelible Pinot. High in acidity, it discloses a touch of cedar on the back palate, richly luxurious and just aching for wild Sonoma duck adorned in a cherry reduction sauce. Cherry pit, berry, lavender and violet play on the nose and tongue, infusing the wine with a…

 — V.B.  (2/1/2015)
97
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Cayuse 2011 Widowmaker En Chamberlin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $90

This glorious, evocative wine calls up a rich and sensuous catalog of scents and flavors. Black truffle, sea salt, clean earth, fungus, strawberry, liquid rocks, umami, tar...? the words pour out with each sniff and swallow. It’s detailed, substantial and refined, gathering itself for a long, generous, captivating finish. Drink now through 2030.

 — P.G.  (2/1/2015)
96
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Ponzi 2012 Aurora Vineyard Chardonnay (Willamette Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $60

This sensational effort comes from 20-year-old vines. It’s a glorious wine; textural, generous and complex. The bright and fruity midpalate blends flavors of peach, quince, honey, tea and caramel, buoyed by juicy acidity and a touch of minerality.

 — P.G.  (2/1/2015)
96
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Cayuse 2012 Cailloux Vineyard Viognier (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $70

A brilliant effort, this belongs right up there with the very best New World Viogniers. White flowers, lemon curd and a lush mix of citrus aromas show immense concentration right from the start. Both precise and dense, the scents and flavors flow through into a tightly wound, mineral-soaked finish, bright with citrus and apricot fruit. The length and concentration…

 — P.G.  (2/1/2015)
96
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Wayfarer 2012 Golden Mean Pinot Noir (Fort Ross-Seaview)

  • Cellar Selection
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $115

Crafted from estate-grown fruit—a marriage of Pommard and Swan clones—Golden Mean comes from three distinct vineyard blocks, the Pommard fermented whole-cluster. It opens with dark, ripe layers of lush cherry-vanilla, the wine concentrated and rich in oak yet balanced in acidity. On the finish is a mix of leather, licorice and wild herb. Tuck it away through 2020–2022.

 — V.B.  (2/1/2015)
96
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Cayuse 2011 Armada Vineyard God Only Knows Grenache (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $90

Intensely aromatic, this carries a wealth of layered flavors consistent with past vintages. Umami, sea salt, mineral and Provençal herbs comingle, with a rich component of raspberry, plum and cherry compôte. More layers appear through the finish, with orange liqueur and a whiff of tanned leather.

 — P.G.  (2/1/2015)
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