2014 Cayuse "En Cerise" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1286116 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Just slightly more ruby colored than the Cailloux Vineyard, the 2014 Syrah en Cerise offers more elegance and finesse as well as lots of black cherry, plums, Asian spice and dried lavender aromatics. Full-bodied, elegant and very fine, it's a pretty, perfumed and seamless beauty. I think the 2014 vintage from Christophe Baron will go down as one of the truly great vintages of the estate. (JD)  (6/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Impeccably built and expressive, with vivid raspberry, smoky meat and crushed rock aromas and impressive, harmonious flavors of cherry, pepper and orange zest that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. (TF)  (7/2017)

94 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red-ruby. Musky, balsamic scents of black raspberry, iron, bloody steak, salty cherries, black pepper, purple berries and flowers and subtle wild herbs; a hint of herbal rawness adds another element. Juicy, spicy, peppery and tight, displaying terrific energy but very unforthcoming today. A dark, very Old World style with a brooding brown spice character that would mostly be absent in a Syrah that included Viognier. Still a bit imploded and subdued, and salty on the very long aftertaste. (ST) 94+  (10/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The aromas are brooding, with notes of ash, raw meat, smoke, herb, stem, blood orange and mineral. The palate brings a sense of freshness to the generous savory flavors, showing a bit of tannic heft on the finish that should settle with additional time in the bottle. (SS)  (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Soil is 'Freewater cobbly loam' over pure basalt - the bedrock stratum is apparently one of the largest areas of basalt lava on the surface of the earth. Planted at 849 ft. Parly whole bunch, fermented in Nomblot barrel-shaped concrete tanks. 2-3 weeks on skins. Aged in French oak, 20% new. TA 5.3 g/l, pH 3.85. Total 361 cases. Heavy bottle. Deepest crimson, smoky and just a little toasty. Lovely peppery Syrah purity shines through. Dry, refined texture. Elegant and ethereal and a super-fine chalky texture. Dry and mouth-watering finish. (JH) 17.5/20 points  (2/2016)

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Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.4