2010 Cayuse "En Chamberlin" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1119284 96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A gorgeous, serious barrel sample, the 2010 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard was impressive on all accounts, showing superb purity and depth to the aromas, medium to full body, a fantastic, seamless texture, and age-worthy, burly structure that’s buffered by awesome fruit. As with this estate’s other ‘10s, there’s vibrant, energetic feel to the wine that is truly something.  (6/2011)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A 100% Syrah and always the most exotic and wild of the lineup, the 2010 Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard has the Cayuse peat moss, iodine, underbrush, olive brine and gamey qualities on full display. Blossoming in the glass and showing a core of sweet fruit, it has a rich, substantial feel on the palate with a concentrated, full-bodied mouthfeel, brilliant mid-palate depth and a focused, detailed finish that carries ample finely polished tannin. Very gamey and bloody on the palate, this singular beauty will be better in another year or three and thrill for 15 years or more. Drink now-2025. (JD) 96+  (6/2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Iron and smoke accents wrap around densely-layered fruits with excellent concentration. It’s gorgeous, deep and textured, with the focus on a rich raspberry and cherry core inside the frame of umami, leaf and seaweed. (PG)  (12/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Supple, expressive and round, layering black currant, dark plum, black tea, tamarind and black olive flavors over a sensuous bed of plush tannins. Shows intensity and presence. Drink now through 2020. (HS)  (6/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good dark red. Black raspberry, smoked meat and a savory saline scent on the nose. Plush and silky in the mouth, with deep raspberry, cured ham and brown spice flavors complemented by a briney quality. No easy sweetness here in spite of its rich texture. Finishes with noble, edge-free tannins, superb length and a magically light touch for high-octane Syrah. (ST) 93+  (11/2013)

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Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.7
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