Walla Walla’s famous rocks show through in this blend of three-quarters syrah and one-quarter cabernet, coming through in a lively meaty scent to go with a grounding of cedar and plum. The flavors are dense, savory and vinous, finishing with a note of fennel.
Broad and velvety, filled out nicely with rich blueberry, licorice and black olive flavors that push against refined tannins on the fresh, open-weave finish.
After rendering five vintages from one of Christophe Baron’s original Cayuse blocks in the stones of Milton-Freewater (south of Walla Walla and over the Oregon border), with his 2009 Rediviva of the Stones, Caleb Foster unveils the fruit of his own nearby plantings of (dominant) Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit was largely fermented with its stems; then went into a mixture of demi-muids and 5-10 year old barriques featuring extended lees contact. Believe me, the “animal” aspects I found missing from recent installments of Foster’s Phinny Hill blend are in this Walla Walla bottling with a vengeance! Not just the scents of an abattoir and of well-hung game, but also suggestions of bacon fat and urchin roe set me salivating, and a surprisingly polished as well as brightly juicy palate – brimming with fresh raspberry and cherry – only enhances the allure. Hints of smoky black tea as well as rose petals waft over the entire performance – which when combined with the smoked meat notes give an impression as though co-fermented with Gewurztraminer. There is a lovely sense of lift to this and a lingering, mouthwatering finish. Look for at least 4-5 year’s fascination and delight. (DS)
Sharp and herbal, this new Rediviva has a high-acid, peppery profile. It penetrates deeply into the palate, with excellent length. The herbal side of both the Syrah and the Cabernet is what is most forcefully expressed.
Bright full red. Sexy aromas of dark berries, woodsmoke, mocha and smoked meat. Densely packed and juicy, with a pliant texture to the flavors of blackberry, licorice and spices complicated by a hint of game. Finishes a bit youthfully edgy. 90+
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