2014 Cayuse "Impulsivo" Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo

SKU #1286118 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Road tar, shiitake mushroom, black cherry, crushed flowers and graphite all emerge from the 2014 Impulsivo, which is a full-bodied, ethereally textured, structured Tempranillo that has insane purity and length. While it started out downright earthy and umami, it gained more and more fruit as it sat in the glass, has a beautiful mid-palate and a finish that won’t quit. Nevertheless, this firm, tannic wine needs to be forgotten for at least 4-5 years. (JD) 98+  (6/2017)

94 points Vinous

 (13.6% alcohol; aged in 60% new puncheons and foudres, the highest percentage of oak among these new releases): Dark red-ruby. Distinctly wild yet precise scents of dark raspberry, meat, pepper and resiny herbs. Juicy, spicy, very bright and concentrated, with its firm black fruit and fresh berry flavors complicated by smoky minerality. Finishes with lovely length and iron-like minerality; this will go truffley with time in bottle. Tempranillo in a Ribera del Duero style, and not at all overextracted. This may be the suavest vintage to date for this wine owing to near-perfect management of tannins. (ST)  (10/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 This has handy structure supporting ripe dark cherries in a fresh and more classically styled take on the variety. The palate delivers silky, long-form tannins that curl effortlessly around purple berry fruits.  (5/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Alluring aromas of moist earth, cassis bud, olive, nori, pipe tobacco, charcoal, funk and mineral give way to lithe fruit and savory flavors with an ultra soft feel. The texture is absolutely dazzling. (SS)  (10/2017)

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.6