2013 Cayuse "Impulsivo" Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo

SKU #1244905 97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Aging in 50% new puncheons (they're moving to using more and more puncheons), the 2013 Impulsivo was one of the top barrel samples I was able to taste from the vintage. Inky colored, with incredible purple fruits, violets, licorice, cedar and pen ink-like aromatics, this thrilling, dense, concentrated and structured Tempranillo will require 3-4 years of bottle age and keep for over two decades. (JD)  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

“I think without a doubt one of the greatest expressions of the Tempranillo grape outside of Spain.” —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate “As I have said for several years now, my nominee for best domestic Tempranillo is Baron's Impulsivo.” —Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate

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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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