2009 Cayuse "Armada Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1120070 97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Dense and concentrated, this has thick, almost jammy blue and purple fruits, with a peppery highlight and an undercurrent of sweet grain. The palate is tight, featuring layers of cassis, ink, anise, coffee and iodine, with an earthy salinity that runs through the finish. The Armada is perhaps a bit less fruity and more austere than the other 2009 Cayuse Syrahs, but is every inch their equal. *Editors' Choice* (PG) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark From the Armada Vineyard lying just behind the winery, the 2009 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard was tasted from barrel and already shows stunning complexity on the nose with peat moss, iron, blood and sauvage notes overlaying serious minerality and crushed rocks. My notes say 'Rocks, Rocks, Rocks.' The palate carries the nervous energy you get from Christophe’s wines as well as full body, awesome texture and a solid balance of acid, tannin and fruit. Inner quote mark (5/2010)

95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Rich and powerful, the 2009 Syrah Armada Vineyard offers up a boisterous bouquet of cassis, black truffle, plums and berry liqueur, complemented by savory notions of dark chocolate, loamy soil and orange. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ripe and ample, with considerable mid-palate volume and an exuberant core of fruit that conceals its ripe tannins. It's complex and compelling, but the difference between this more overtly ripe and sun-kissed wine and the more recent 2014 and 2015 vintages from Christophe—even warmer years—subtly speaks volumes. (WK) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Polished, displaying a sense of restraint to the blackberry and dark plum flavors that float easily over the polished finish and linger enticingly alongside notes of black olive and smoke. (HS) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

K&L Notes

97+ points Jeb Dunnuck writes in Wine Advocate: "A much more voluptuous, concentrated and obviously great Syrah, the 2009 Syrah Armada Vineyard yields lots of plum sauce, spice, licorice and crushed rock aromas and flavors to go with a full-bodied, layered, pedal-to-the-metal style. This is a great wine that will have 20-25 years of longevity." (06/2015)

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