2011 Cayuse "Flying Pig" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1187501 95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A Merlot-dominated blend, the 2011 Flying Pig checks in as 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 12 months in 50% new French oak before being moved to large oak puncheons. Deep-ruby in color, it has beautiful cassis, plum, licorice, olive tapenade and lead pencil shaving-like aromas and flavors that give way to a full-bodied, layered and concentrated 2011 that has beautifully integrated oak, plenty of mid-palate and a terrific finish. Enjoy it anytime over the coming 10-15 years. (JD) Inner quote mark (6/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The blend on this Claret-style red is a bit different this year--half Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. As with the other 2011 Cayuse reds, this has a noticeable shift to floral, delicate aromas, with the savory/funk present but somewhat muted. The minerality under the ripe raspberry fruit gives it a crunchy feel in the mouth, lightly dusted with fresh herbs. The persistent finish seems to have a steel frame supporting it. (PG) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Good deep, bright red. Aromas and flavors of raspberry coulis complicated by nuances of black pepper, vanilla, herbs, mocha and smoke. At once sweet and savory, with firm acidity carrying the fruit through a long saline finish featuring very suave tannins. Dense, deep and very concentrated. Baron added a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon to this wine 'to fill out the middle palate and add backbone' and is now doing this every year. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Distinctive. Taut and focused but not unforgiving. Concentrated flavour without heaviness. Aromatics and palate of purple fruits and flowers spun through with black tea, rose cream, and bark. Would do well with some time in bottle and plenty of air upon opening. 17/20 points (ECB) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

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