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2013 Cayuse "The Lovers" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah

SKU #1278481 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) with the rest Syrah, this wine offers aromas of fresh tobacco, cherry, cassis bud and smoke. The palate is broad and flavorful, showing a bit more fruit than is often seen from this typically mineral-driven region. (SS)  (12/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The same blend as the 2014, the 2013 The Lovers is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Syrah that was aged in mostly older puncheons. Showing the more elegant, fresh style of the vintage with its subtle black fruits, ground herbs, earth and lead pencil-like aromas and flavors, it has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful elegance, fine tannin and a graceful, balanced style that will keep it evolving nicely over the coming decade or more. (JD)  (6/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red. Sexy, musky complexity to the aromas of plum, currant, bacon fat, game and leather; showing its Syrah side on the nose today. Nobly rustic flavors of raspberry, strawberry, truffle and smoked meat offer lovely sweetness and harmonious framing acidity. This nicely delineated midweight is awfully sexy already but has the reserve for mid-term aging, even if it doesn't have quite the grip or detail of the 2012 version. Finishes with a smooth dusting of tannins and excellent subtle length. Washington Syrah fans who haven’t tasted Christophe Baron’s Cayuse wines in a while may have memories of some wild, high-octane bottles from the early 2000s. Today’s wines are as lush and complex as ever yet rarely hit 14% alcohol, giving them better balance and flavor definition than ever before. Baron credits his biodynamic farming methods with allowing him to produce fruit with better phenolic ripeness at lower levels of potential alcohol. Baron, who is originally from the Champagne region and continues to make wine there, noted that "2012 in Walla Walla is what 2005 was in Burgundy, while 2013 is like 2006." (ST)  (7/2016)


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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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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.
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Washington

- 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.