Generous, round and expressive, open-textured and distinctive, with smoky dried blueberry and tapenade flavors, balancing harmoniously against nubby tannins on the long finish. (HS)
Aromas of ground violets, charcoal, smoke, iron, black fruit, tar and salami lead a salty, briny, expressive palate that shows depth concentration and elegance. A long finish caps it off. (SS)
Good dark red. Kinky, wild, Old World scents of elderberry, bacon fat, game and flint. Wonderfully silky, round and glyceral but also extremely youthful, offering flavors of raspberry, brown spices, rare steak and smoky minerality; not a floral style. Finishes fleshy, broad and extremely long, with plush, harmonious tannins. (ST)
A wine that continued to change and develop in the glass was the 2013 Syrah en Chamberlin Vineyard, which is the smallest production cuvee of the 2013 single vineyard releases (there’s 340 cases). Notes of smoke, charcuterie, black olives, black pepper and violets all emerge from this complex, layered, full-bodied beauty that has fine tannin, a seamless, elegant texture and beautiful length. Give bottles a few years and drink through 2033. Looking at these latest releases from Cayuse, the 2013s are surprisingly elegant and silky, with less overall concentration and depth than I expected after tasting them from barrel last year. They possess slightly lighter, translucent colors, moderate to good concentration and polished tannin. At times I was wishing for a touch more exuberance and texture. Nevertheless, these are silky, seamless, elegant wines that will be fun to follow over the coming decade or more. (JD)
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