2010 Cayuse "Camaspelo" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1120952 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More edgy and fresh than the Widowmaker, with more up-front acidity, the 2010 Camaspelo offers a classic Bordeaux-styled bouquet of deep back currant and black cherry fruit intermixed with tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings and hints of fresh herbs. Perfumed, complex and elegant, with a full-bodied, detailed and energetic profile on the palate, it is a beautifully balanced 2010 that will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 15-20 years of ultimate longevity. Drink 2017-2030. (JD)  (6/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Eighty percent Cabernet Sauvignon, the rest Merlot, this outstanding Camaspelo has what the French call mache—impressive grip and texture. Deep and rich, it’s loaded with black cherry, sporting a thick vein of black licorice and a finish laced with mineral and espresso. Dark, smoky, earthy, herbal and tannic, it requires many hours to fully open up. *Cellar Selection*  (12/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Smooth and lithe, this sinuous style lets the red berry, cherry and delicately herbal flavors slide effortlessly over the refined tannins and onto the long and expressive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. (HS)  (6/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright, deep red. Pungent plum, redcurrant, strawberry and cranberry fruit aromas are lifted by pepper, mint and spices. Tightly wound and highly perfumed, with sweet red berry and spice flavors complemented by a cocoa powder element. Finishes firm and very long, with noteworthy aromatic precision. (ST) 92+  (11/2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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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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