2011 Cayuse "Impulsivo" Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo

SKU #1151105 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Tempranillo Impulsivo is easily the top example of this variety coming out of the New World. Classic in style with its singed cedar board, spice, earth, dried flowers and plum and blackberry styled fruit, this puppy hits the palate with a structured, full-bodied profile that needs 3-4 years of cellaring to round into form. While I haven’t been able to taste many aged example of this cuvee (it was first made in 2003), I can’t imagine it not evolving gracefully for at least 10-15 years. (JD)  (6/2014)

94 points Decanter

 The cooler vintage lends contour to this wild, spicy red, hedonically scented (smoke, mace, blood), full and dark-flavoured. (PC)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Beefy and broad, this offers up the aromas of a rich stew, with sweet tomato, peppery herb and game. Supple and soft, the flavors blend seamlessly, with the accent of savory notes rather than specific fruits. (PG)  (2/2015)

93 points Vinous

 (14.2% alcohol): Healthy deep ruby. Black fruits, violet, minerals and smoke on the nose. High-pitched, tightly wound and extremely backward, with powerful if youthfully unyielding blackberry, black raspberry and black olive flavors accented by a floral topnote. Finishes with a strong tannic spine and outstanding subtle length. This baby calls for at least eight years of cellaring. Christophe Baron, whose model here is Ribera del Duero, routinely shows this wine after his Syrah and Grenache bottlings and it’s easy to understand why. (ST)  (12/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A fresh and expressive red, tightening on the sharply focused palate, where this plays out dark berry, plum, sweet spice and floral flavors into a harmonious chord that echoes easily on the refined finish. (HS)  (10/2014)

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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.

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.


- 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.