2010 Cayuse "Armada Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1151102 97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2010 Syrah Armada Vineyard is beginning to drink very well indeed, with the site's black truffle signature mingling prominently with its bouquet of ripe blackberries, plums, cracked black pepper and tapenade. On the palate, the wine is rich, full-bodied and textural, layered and powerful without being heavy, framed by an ample endowment of powdery tannins. At 14.6%, the alcohol turned a full percentile higher than Baron anticipated—due to the unusually efficient conversion factor of 2010's native microflora, Baron believes—but it still feels appreciably cooler than the 2009 (which checked in at 14.7%). (WK) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The most round, smooth and full in terms of mouthfeel of all the Cayuse Syrahs, this is excellent in every way. Dark and meaty, it’s tightly wound and dense with black and roasted fruits, smoke, carpaccio and cacao. The Armada Syrah offers outstanding length, depth and complexity. *Cellar Selection* (PG) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2010 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard, tasted from multiple barrels, looks to continue the string of world class wines to come from this vineyard. All samples showed the plum-laced fruit signature with plenty of background complexity and depth to the aromas, as well as brilliantly pure, structured palates. I’m a fan and the cooler vintage seems to have resulted in a slightly less exotic, more pure and focused wine with lots of aging potential. 95-97+ Inner quote mark (6/2011)

95 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good deep red. A deep cherry aroma is lifted by rose petal and minerals. Tight, fresh and primary, with a strong spice quality to the flavors of redcurrant, framboise and minerals. A hint of maple syrup adds another dimension without compromising the wine's juicy character. Saturates every square millimeter of the palate and echoes on the long, firmly tannic, virtually weightless finish. I love the influence of ripe stems here. Brilliant Washington Syrah. (ST) 95+ Inner quote mark (12/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Supple, ripe and generous, with black olive and wet stone overtones weaving through a well-formed core of dark berry and plum fruit, mingling effectively on the tarry finish. (HS) Inner quote mark (8/2014)

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