2017 Cayuse "En Cerise" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1452709 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Syrah En Cerise Vineyard is cut from the same cloth as the Cailloux Vineyard release, yet is a slightly darker, meatier wine, offering a Jamet-like bouquet of blackberries, ground pepper, black olive, bloody meat, crushed rocks, and violets. Showing less overt funkiness and just a stunningly pure, elegant, medium to full-bodied Syrah, it has silky tannins, a great spine of acidity, and a great, great finish. Drink it any time over the coming two decades or more. It’s hard to say if this will surpass the 2016, 2008, and 2007, but it’s certainly in the same ballpark. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Lots of blackberries and blueberries with grilled meat and gristle undertones. This is full-bodied, yet ever so balanced and creamy with integrated, fine tannins that are soft and caressing. Delicious finish. Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Syrah en Cerise begins a little more broad-shouldered than the rest of the range, offering up aromas of black cherries, crushed rock, cured meats, smoked peppercorn and dusty lavender in the glass. Full-bodied, the wine is firm with youthful tannins, which make this bottling food-friendly. Open-knit and expressive, the long, winding finish evolves over a few moments before reverting to savory tones and an expression of dust-covered cherry skin. Only 393 cases were produced. (AM) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright red-ruby color. Slightly darker and more brooding on the nose than the Cailloux Vineyard Syrah but with very pure, youthful scents of black raspberry, smoked meat, black olive tapenade, black pepper, minerals and violet; more Brune than Blonde. Dense, juicy, savory and light on its feet, with subtle sweetness leavened by surprising acidity and dark flavors of boysenberry and violet. Notes of minerals, spices and pepper add to the wine's mid-palate energy. The very long, palate-staining finish leaves the taste buds quivering. Today I prefer this to the Cailloux for its balance and light touch. Although slightly imploded, it's already easy to taste. A great vintage for this Syrah bottling. (ST) 95+ Inner quote mark (12/2020)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The aromas are quite reserved for this producer, with notes of flower, crushed rock and fireplace. A flavorful palate follows, full of black-olive and earth notes. A lingering finish comes next. It's a very understated offering. (SS) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Svelte and round, with a dense, complex backbone. Black raspberry, orange peel, stony mineral and bacon fat accents glide on a lingering finish. (TF) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

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