2017 Cayuse "En Chamberlin" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1390806 97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Syrah en Chamberlin Vineyard is unmistakable on the nose, boasting an intensely framed Syrah that offers up generous and juicy dark fruit, framed by meaty, umami and savory expressions of olive tapenade, black pepper and charcuterie before drifting back to aromas of violets and lavender. Full-bodied and firmly structured, the wine is built like a tank, revealing layers of complexity and elegance that are supported by fine-grained tannins and rocky minerality across the mid-palate. With power and finesse, the wine somersaults in the mouth, before leading to a long, impressive conclusion that continues to develop in length. Only 365 cases were produced of this stellar wine. Yum! (AM) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This red shows lots of smoked meat and spices, as well as dried-strawberry and raspberry character. Full-bodied, yet not overpowering, with creamy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Tightens at the end. Shows focus and intensity. Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark More tapenade, dried herbs, chocolate, sweet mulch, and sweet black fruits emerge from the 2017 Syrah En Chamberlin, a medium to full-bodied, ripe, powerful 2017. With building tannins, a plump, expansive mid-palate, plenty of classic Rocks funk, and a great finish, it doesn’t quite have the precision of the En Cerise yet is more sexy and opulent. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Shows fine detail and expression, with vibrant blueberry and raspberry flavors, accented by bacon fat, crushed stone and olive notes that gather richness toward polished tannins. (TF) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Full bright, dark red. Musky, wild scents of dark raspberry, boysenberry, dried herbs, underbrush, olive tapenade, crushed rock and licorice. Suave, savory and plush on entry, then saline, dark and concentrated in the middle palate, with black olive, mocha and bitter chocolate flavors complementing darker berries and chimney soot. Finishes with a firm spine of dusty tannins that currently masks the wine's underlying sweetness. Thick without being sweet, this wine also needs a few years to round into shape and absorb its substantial dusty tannins. The least sweet of these Syrahs today but avoids dryness on the back. (ST) 93+ Inner quote mark (12/2020)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The aromas jump out of the glass, with notes of earthy funk, heaping amounts of wet stone, butcher shop, smoke, black pepper and salami. Earth-shaking fruit and savory flavors follow. A light medicinal streak runs through it. It's a primer on what this estate is all about. *Editors' Choice* (SS) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

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