2014 Cayuse "Armada Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1337139 99 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From the highest density vineyard planted under the Cayuse label, the 489-case 2014 Syrah Armada Vineyard is about as umami and earthy as it gets. Smoke, fireplace, mushroom, black cherry, currants and olive notes all emerge from this rich, backward, tight and structured Syrah that has incredible purity of fruit, a saline/bloody, meaty character that develops with time in the glass, and tons of tannic bite on the finish. Forget this incredible wine for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following two decades. (JD) 99+ Inner quote mark (6/2017)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, cranberry and clove are lifted by notes of violet and licorice and complemented by smoky rocky minerality. Tight, intense and gripping, conveying lovely inner-mouth definition and a distinctly primary character to its dark fruit flavors. Beautifully integrated acidity here; Baron notes that the inner-mouth tension of this wine may be due to more shading between the rows owing to the dense planting. Lovely juicy, imploded wine with firm but utterly fine-grained tannins and a long, rising finish featuring chewy notes of pomegranate, smoke and salt. A beauty. (ST) 94+ Inner quote mark (10/2017)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This 2.8ha vineyard was planted in 2001, with vines grafted on rootstock because Baron expected phylloxera to arrive eventually, which happened in 2019. The wine is all Syrah, with aromas that veer towards the meaty, smoky, bacon fat spectrum of the variety. Right now the flavours are tightly wound, deep and intense, but also pure and juicy, with a smooth, almost syrupy, satiny texture. (EM) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The aromas are initially more fruit forward than often seen from this area, with notes of plum followed by ash, black pepper, Stargazer lilies, charcuterie and iron. The flavors are palate coating and dense in feel, lingering on the finish. It needs some time in the cellar to truly show its stuff. Best after 2022. *Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2017* (SS) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

K&L Notes

97 points from William Kelly for Wine Advocate: "Complex and mouthwateringly savory aromas of grilled meat, black tea, bacon fat and cocoa nib mingle with fruit tones of red plum and cassis in an enticing mélange on the opening of the 2014 Syrah Armada Vineyard. It is a full-bodied, layered and satiny red with an expansive, textural attack that gives way to a deep, intense and masterfully controlled mid-palate and finish. Despite being the product of a warm vintage, the 2014 is beautifully elegant and nuanced." (6/2018)

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