Dark and concentrated, this sends up complex aromas saturated with tar, asphalt, ink, steel, smoke and charred barbecue. It’s a beautiful wine, tight and textural, in perfect balance, with superb depth, precision and elegance. The most contemplative of a superb 2011 Cayuse lineup, this wine above all needs your full attention. *Editors' Choice* (PG)
Almost always the most wild and exotic, the 2011 Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard doesn’t disappoint with its iron, peat moss, flowers and blackberry and currant-style fruit. Savory, medium to full-bodied, nicely structured and with notable structure, it should be at its best from 2018-2028. 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. (JD)
Explosive aromas and flavors of raspberry, smoked meat, woodsmoke, bacon fat, truffle and black olive, along with notes of minerals and bloody steak. Densely packed but juicy and almost magically light on its feet, with strong smoky minerality contributing to the impression of inner-mouth tension. Like a great Cote-Rotie in its sappiness and spicy lift. Finishes with a whiplash of flavor and subtle building length. Christophe Baron used just 10% new to age this wine as well as the En Cerise and Cailloux, letting his extraordinary sites speak for themselves. (ST) 94+
Dark and brooding, this offers a roiling mix of smoke, tarry blackberry, lavender and tapenade flavors, lingering on the expressive finish against polished tannins. Not at all heavy. Think roasted lamb. (HS)
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