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Cayuse 2008 Bionic Frog Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  1. $80

Initially a rather subdued Frog; as if it has been tamed down. Then, suddenly, There’s a plush core of blackberry fruit, and the classic Cayuse funkiness is there, drenched in liquid rocks and cured meat and drying tannins. It’s all in proportion and a fine reflection of the steely vintage. As it opens gracefully you discover that it is a stunningly refined Frog…

 — P.G.  (11/1/2011)
100
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Cayuse 2007 En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

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  1. $65

In a stunning lineup of Cayuse Syrahs, the En Chamberlin wins by a nose. It’s smooth and silky, with a tongue-bending blend of flavors that include blood and iron, umami and salt, at first overtaking the pure fruit, but adding tremendous depth and power. The endless finish unfolds into a wine with exotic spices and complex layering.

 — P.G.  (2/1/2011)
99
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Cayuse 2009 En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $75

In a vintage that produced the finest overall lineup of Cayuse wines to date, it may seem a little nit-picky to score some higher and some lower. But the En Chamberlin deserves first place again. Brilliant aromatics of smoked meat, bacon fat and otherworldly roasted accents seduce instantly. Once on the palate, the silky, balanced, near-perfect mix of umami and…

 — P.G.  (3/1/2013)
99
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Cayuse 2007 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

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  1. $65

The only one of the Cayuse Syrahs that is co-fermented with Viognier, this opens with a stunning, floral bouquet, showing extraordinary depth and texture. The wine has a floral top, a thickly fruity middle and a base with smoke, rock and meat. Still very young, it is already a complete, fully-realized, near-perfect wine with a finish that extends for many minutes…

 — P.G.  (2/1/2011)
99
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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 2010 En Cerise Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $80

The purity and potent, almost mystical aromas of the En Cerise Syrah conjure up flying carpet visions of purple and black fruits. The enticing aromatics have a citrusy lift, with orange peel and incense, like drinking a Persian rug. Amazingly complex, seamless, dense, and elegant, it’s a wine that never stops, as new flavors keep emerging the longer it breathes.

 — P.G.  (12/31/2013)
98
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Cayuse 2011 En Cerise Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (OR))

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  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)
98
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Cayuse 2008 En Cerise Vineyard Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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  1. $70

A subtle, complex, utterly distinctive mix of flavors, with opening streaks of butter cookie, then mushroom broth, tightly wound berry fruit, earthy coffee grounds and even darker streaks of espresso and smoke and licorice. It is deeply layered with flavors that just keep piling on. Amazing wine.

 — P.G.  (11/1/2011)
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