2018 Cayuse "Cailloux Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1513345 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Blended with a good chunk of Viognier (from the same vineyard and co-fermented), the 2018 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard offers a sweet nose of red and blue fruits, lavender, spring flowers, and bacon fat, with subtle classic Rocks notes of mulch and charcoal emerging with time in the glass. Incredibly complex, medium to full-bodied, and seamless, it reminds me of an old-school Côte Rôtie with its exotic, floral, yet meaty style. This cuvée is always one of the more up-front Syrahs in the lineup, yet it ages just as well as the others, possessing a solid 20- to 25-year drink window. This is a hard mailing list to crack, yet winemaker Christophe Baron continues to deliver the goods, releasing singular, exotic, incredible wines from his bevy of single vineyards in the Rocks region of the Walla Walla Valley. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has a fantastic range of savory aromas with smoked meat, herbs, grilled aubergine, bark, dried flowers, shells and blue and black fruit. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and fresh acidity. Intensely flavorful with earthy, peppery character. Very long. Inner quote mark (6/2021)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A real knockout Syrah, structured and refined yet bubbling over with personality, offering expressive raspberry, garrigue, warm pebble and smoky beef tones that build tension and polish toward fine-grained tannins. (TF) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Co-fermented with 6% Viognier, the 2018 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard begins with dusty and smokey expressions of cured meats, black pepper and blackberry compote. Medium to full-bodied, the wine displays a ripe yet firm character with impeccable mineral tension, elements of smoked lavender and roasted herbs before dusty plum and black cherry skin sway with an umami essence and succulent, fine-grained tannins. Concluding with a long-lingering, evolving finish, the Syrah will have no problem aging past its 15th birthday. The wine spent 19 months in approximately 12% new French oak. Bravo, it's delicious. (AM) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep red-ruby. Musky aromas of dark berries, smoked meat, black olive, barbecue sauce, licorice and black pepper; perhaps a bit less floral than the 2017 bottling. Rich, savory and sweet on entry, then silky and refined on the palate, conveying a savory smoky/earthy aspect but also good tangy blackberry and pepper energy, with a note of olive tapenade running through the wine. A wonderfully rich and seamless yet weightless Syrah with no edges whatsoever. Very Rocks in style, but more complex than most examples from this small appellation. Finishes with a fine dusting of broad tannins and lively, mounting, palate-staining length. Perhaps a bit more easygoing than the 2017. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Coming from the first vineyard planted in this area of the valley in 1997 and cofermented with Viognier, the aromas are expressive, with notes of raspberry, orange peel, soot, grilled meat and stem, showing more overt fruit out of the gate than this wine and area often does. The palate is broad in feel, with plentiful pyrazine notes on the finish. It needs time to fully show itself, but the rewards will be plentiful. (SS) Inner quote mark (9/2021)

K&L Notes

In 2014 Jeb Dunnuck for Wine Advocate had this to say about Cayuse: "Enough can’t be said about the quality coming from this estate, and Christophe Baron, who’s assisted by Elizabeth Bourcier, produces, in this reviewer’s opinion, some of the most distinctive and exciting wines on the planet. As I said last year, there’s no secret here, and Christophe simply has fantastic terroir, works his ass off in the vineyard (everything is farmed biodynamically), and then gets out of the way in the cellar."


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