2008 Cayuse "En Chamberlin" Walla Walla Valley Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah offers up notes of tar, licorice, earthy minerals, blueberry, and blackberry. Dense and powerful on the palate, this appears to be Baron’s take on Hermitage. (JM)
A huge wine, fat with the characteristic Cayuse funk, and accented with plenty of meaty asphalt. Potent and powerful, bursting with berries and plums, scented with the aromas of earth and sweet (not dried) herb, chicken stock and flavors that run through the same exotic range. Round and full, forward and balanced, drinking well and maybe just a bit rounder than its brethren.
Dark and brooding, youthful and vibrant, with plum, currant, dried tomato and fresh leather flavors, picking up stony notes as the finish persists impressively. This has richness, minerality and depth.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, deep ruby-red. Captivating aromas of boysenberry and mocha. Dense, sweet and savory, with exotic flavors of candied blackberry, hickory-smoked meat and leather. The thickness of this syrah is nicely leavened by harmonious, ripe acidity. Finishes with perfectly integrated acidity and palate-staining richness. (ST)