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2017 Cayuse "Impulsivo" Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo

SKU #1499568 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark While I don’t think the 2017 Impulsivo matches the 2016, it’s certainly not far off. Showing the more elegant style of the vintage, it offers a gorgeous perfume of smoked black cherries, redcurrants, green tobacco, bloody meat, sandalwood, and Asian spices that opens up with time in the glass. Ethereal, medium to full-bodied, and seamless on the palate, it has flawless balance, polished tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. It’s just beautifully put together and one of the more approachable vintages of this cuvée. It can be drunk with incredible pleasure today (give it an hour decant) or cellared for 15+ years or more. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The softness and caressing nature to this red is most enjoyable, delivering cherry, chocolate and walnut flavors. It’s full-bodied, yet juicy and satisfying. No reason to wait on this one. Inner quote mark (3/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Impulsivo begins with an expressive and aromatic nose with roasted blackberries, oak spice tones and charred cherry skin with elements of dusty purple flowers and baked earth. Full-bodied, the wine is expressive and deliciously balanced across the mid-palate before showing exotic spice elements, dried tobacco and cedar plank across the long-lingering finish. For Tempranillo lovers out there, this is a simply delicious wine that represents a New World-style expression of Tempranillo and a clear winner. Check it out. Only 262 cases were produced. (AM) 94+ Inner quote mark (8/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright medium red-ruby. Savory scents of dark raspberry, roasted meat and spices. Thick and savory yet alive on entry, with cherry and red and darker berry flavors framed and lifted by spices and minerals. I find more energy and inner-mouth aromatic lift here than the 2016 showed a year ago but also a seductive plushness in the middle palate. On the full side of medium-bodied but not a bit heavy. I'd love to put this in a blind tasting of top Ribera del Duero wines; it would stand out for its texture and complexity, not to mention its outstanding rising length. Boasts a powerful tannic spine but wonderfully fine-grained and edge-free. A great American Tempranillo with the structure to age: I'd love to revisit this wine in ten years. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The aromas are locked up out of the gate, opening to reveal notes of fresh tobacco, moist earth, orange rind and cherry. The palate has a pleasing sumptuousness to the mouthwatering earth, savory, olive and citrus flavors. The texture is lovely. *Editors' Choice* (SS) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

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