2008 Cayuse "Impulsivo" Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo (Previously $225)

SKU #1081721 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Reminding me of the 2010 with its elegant, seamless style, the 2008 Impulsivo offers lots of blood orange, cedar, cassis and white flower aromas and flavors. These all flow nicely into a full-bodied, ultra-fine, seamless and incredibly polished and pure 2008 that’s impeccably balanced, has fine tannin and a great finish. This was the first vintage where they scaled back the new oak, and where previous vintages saw roughly 70% new barrels, this 2008 was raised in just 40-50% new barrels. Drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years. (JD)  (6/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Saturated in every way, this sappy, spicy, almost surreal Tempranillo piles on the wild, gamy fruit, the mineral-infused base, the leaf and forest flavors, all around tart berry flavors. Amazingly deep color, fine-grained tannins, a sweetly herbal character, and great balance throughout.  (11/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines currant, cherry, chocolate, licorice, smoke and flowers. Large-scaled, fat and deep, with impressive palate presence to the sweet flavors of black cherry and licorice. An extravagant version of tempranillo, with its sweet tannins buried under a wave of fruit. (ST)  (10/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Soft and round, with gravelly tannins around a plush core of black olive-accented blackberry and cherry flavors. A raw beef note adds interest to the finish.  (8/2011)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.

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