2008 Cayuse "Flying Pig" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1085883 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Bordeaux-style wines begin with the 2008 Flying Pig, a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, Dried herbs, spice box, mineral, cassis, and black cherry aromas inform the nose of a savory, succulent, layered, lengthy offering ... (JM)  (8/2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Smooth and rich, offering a distinctive mouthful of black olive—accented blackberry and rose petal flavors that ride easily on a bed of polished tannins. Finishes with irresistible charm. (PG)  (11/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Smooth and rich, offering a distinctive mouthful of black olive—accented blackberry and rose petal flavors that ride easily on a bed of polished tannins. Finishes with irresistible charm. (HS)  (7/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Wild, sexy aromas of raspberry, bacon fat and spices, with saline and meaty nuances; smells like Syrah! Then lush and powerful but not thick or heavy, with flavors of cherry, licorice and smoke. Finishes with suave, broad tannins that melt into the wine's fruit. (ST)  (11/2011)

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
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