2009 Cayuse "Camaspelo" Walla Walla Valley Proprietary Red

SKU #1090134 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The Camaspelo blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, and it shows a riot of juicy cranberry, raspberry, blueberry and black cherry flavors in a rambunctious display of power. Full, round and balanced, it offers hints of cedar, earth and coffee that extend onto the lush, complex, age-worthy finish. (PG) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

93 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Medium red. Sexy aromas of strawberry and high-pitched spices. Juicy and intense, with compelling lift and definition to the penetrating red fruit flavors. A very refined style for this wine, and the best of these 2009s to this point in terms of definition and energy. Finishes very long, with suave tannins and thorough ripeness. Perhaps the best vintage yet for this bottling. Christophe Baron noted that 2009 was "great for the Bordeaux varieties" and this wine certainly makes his case. (ST) Inner quote mark (11/2012)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Cassis, juniper berry, licorice, walnut oil, and a Tempranillo-like ashen smokiness scent and inform the bittersweet, polished palate of Baron’s 2009 Camaspelo (named for a mid 19th Century Cayuse chief), whose as usual dominant Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 18% Merlot and sourced from the En Cerise and Cailloux vineyards. Bitter hints of huckleberry as well as suggestions of crushed stone and pencil lead add to the complexity of a protracted finish. 'Red Mountain gives you, to me, the Mike Tyson of Cabernet Sauvignon,' says Baron (as usual!) wryly and provocatively. By contrast, he claims to be searching for something rich yet understated, and notes that 'after about five or six years we decided to use less oak for ours.' That said, there is a certain sense of opacity and stasis here as opposed to the levity and vibrancy of the very best wines in this same collection. Baron says this bottling routinely picks up an alluring floral nuance with time in bottle. I’d certainly consider giving it at least 6-8 weeks to demonstrate such a trend, and even if it doesn’t, it’s still very impressive stuff. (DS) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Supple, silky and succulent, focusing its black cherry, black olive, rose petal and spice flavors on a glassy frame, lingering on the expressive finish. (HS) Inner quote mark (8/2012)

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