Showing better from bottle than barrel, the elegant and finesse driven 2009 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard is heavenly stuff that is every bit as good as the ’08. Possessing brilliant aromas of frambois, crushed flowers, bacon fat, white pepper, and iron on the nose, this full-bodied, seamless ’09 has an incredible, light texture, perfect balance, and a classically structured, firm finish where the wine’s quality shows. Opening up in the glass and a truly spectacular Syrah, this should be given 2-3 years of bottle age, and then consumed over the following 15+ years.
A hot vintage that has the grapes harvested mid-September, the 2009 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard offers lots of pepper, dried herbs, white flowers and black and red raspberry fruit to go with a gorgeously ripe, layered, full-bodied style on the palate. Slightly closed at the moment, with lots of structure, give it a few years and enjoy bottles through 2029. (JD) 96+
Polished, effortless and juicy, with blackberry, currant, black olive and tar flavors, beautifully balanced to rotate all its facets as the finish keeps spinning. Harmonious and expressive. Drink now through 2019. *Highly Recommended, Top 100 Wines of 2012* (HS)
Always a standout, this is the only one of the Cayuse Syrahs that is co-fermented with Viognier. This explodes with flavors of blueberries, soy, earth, black tea, iodine, anise and salt, plus a hint of sassafras. Notes of herb and cured meat add further interest to this unique, captivating effort. (PG)
Good dark red. Aromas of raspberry, mocha, black olive and leather, plus a suggestion of apricot (from the 7% Viognier component, no doubt). Rich in the mouth and impressively bright for the vintage, with complex fruit and mineral flavors framed and lifted by pepper, floral and spice elements. Very complex, dry and long Syrah with superb fruit and grip. Christophe Baron told me that he did no leaf-pulling for Syrah and then carried out a very gentle extraction: 'like steeping tea.' (ST)
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