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Cayuse Impulsivo 2014

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Grapes are grown in Cayuse's "En Chamberlin" Vineyard. Planted in 2000, these are the first vines in the region to be grafted on phylloxera-resistant rootstock.

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Cayuse Vineyards:
Cayuse is a winery located in Walla Walla, Washington. It was founded in the late 1990s by winemaker Christophe Baron, son of Champagne producers for Baron Albert. On a visit to the area in 1996, he stumbled upon an unsullied bit of rocky soil on the Oregon side of the Washington/Oregon border. He suspected this territory had vast similarities in terroir and climate with some of the most pres... Read more
Cayuse is a winery located in Walla Walla, Washington. It was founded in the late 1990s by winemaker Christophe Baron, son of Champagne producers for Baron Albert. On a visit to the area in 1996, he stumbled upon an unsullied bit of rocky soil on the Oregon side of the Washington/Oregon border. He suspected this territory had vast similarities in terroir and climate with some of the most prestigious French regions in the Rhone valley and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Ignoring naysayers, he acted on his intuition and decided to establish vineyards. These types of conditions force vines to dig deep for moisture, resulting in concentrated, structured fruit. He named the wine for the Cayuse, a Native American tribe, themselves named after the French word “cailloux” (“rocks”). The vineyards are mostly planted with Syrah, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Roussane, Tempranillo and Viognier. Shortly after Baron produced his first vintage, he garnered top ratings from the likes of Robert Parker, and Cayuse became a sought after cult wine. The vineyard settlement he founded is now referred to as the “Rocks” area of the Walla Walla valley. Cayuse is also the first winery in the region to practice biodynamic viticultural methods, beginning in 2002.  Read less

External Reviews for Cayuse Impulsivo

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Vintage: 2009 09/20/2012

A Tempranillo wine from Washington in USA. 2009 Cayuse Impulsivo 750ml


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Vintage: 2007 02/11/2010

A Tempranillo wine from Washington in USA. 2007 Cayuse Impulsivo 750ml


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Vintage: 2007 06/25/2011

Good deep ruby. Complex, slightly reduced nose offers black cherry, smoked meat, minerals and dark chocolate. Then broad and sweet on the palate, with subtle, wild flavors of blueberry, cherry, smoke, rose and gunflint. Offers a very suave mouthfeel ... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Tempranillo wine from Washington in USA. 2007 Cayuse Impulsivo 750ml


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Vintage: 2005 11/18/2010

The 2005 Impulsivo is 100% Tempranillo. Opaque purple, the wine has great aromatics with mineral, black cherry, and blackberry. Pure, rich, and focused, the wine is layered and opulent but manages to remain light on its feet. It would be interesting ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Tempranillo wine from Washington in USA. 2005 Cayuse Impulsivo 750ml


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Vintage: 2004 12/17/2009

The shockingly great 2004 Impulsivo 'En Chamberlin Vineyard' is 100% Tempranillo from yields of a microscopic 0.8 tons/acre and was aged in French oak, 60% new. Opaque purple, it reveals an impressive ... Robert Parker. A Tempranillo wine from Washington in USA. 2004 Cayuse Impulsivo 750ml



Grapes are grown in Cayuse's "En Chamberlin" Vineyard. Planted in 2000, these are the first vines in the region to be grafted on phylloxera-resistant rootstock.

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