Coming from a cold, late vintage where the Syrah didn’t ripen until the first part of October, the 2010 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard showed spectacularly in the retrospective. Inky purple in color, it gives up classic floral qualities intermixed with ample olive tapenade, black raspberry, lavender, orange blossom and pepper on the nose. This gives way to a full-bodied, sexy, seamless and yet always elegant Syrah that has juicy acidity and ripe tannin kicking in on the finish. This was the first vintage where they moved part of the élevage to foudre, and this spent 16 months in roughly 15% new French oak. (JD)
As usual, the Cailloux is co-fermented with Viognier. The oldest of the Cayuse vineyards, it’s really coming into maturity, delivering a tour de force performance in this new vintage. Aromatically explosive, it opens with floral and citrus—notably orange peel—then fills out with a lush palate bursting with cherry fruit, and the winery’s characteristic, savory, umami flavors. The finish seems unending. *Top 100 of 2014, Cellar Selection* (PG)
Tasted from barrel and with a decidedly cool climate feel, the 2010 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard has a peppery, sandalwood, and earthy character to go with beautiful dark fruit, smoke, and mineral driven aromatics. Tight and with lots of structure on the palate, as well as medium to full body, good acids, and solid length, this certainly has the raw material to be great, but will mostly likely require 3-5 years of bottle age to fully flesh out.
Good deep red. Raspberry, bacon fat and black olive on the nose. Silky, fleshy and sweet, with a peppery topnote to the sweet raspberry and beef jerky flavors. Finishes classically dry and extremely long, with noble, fine-grained tannins. This very concentrated and utterly captivating Syrah called to mind a Cote-Rotie from the legendary Marius Gentaz. (ST)
Dark and smoky, with bright blackberry and plum lighting up the core, balanced by black olive and stone overtones. This red matches intensity with sleek balance. (HS)
2008 Charles Smith "King Coal - Stoneridge Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah
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