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Cayuse Syrah Walla Walla Valley Cailloux Vineyard 2006

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The Cailloux Vineyard Syrah is Cayuse's flagship wine with aproduction of over 700 cases and was the first vineyard planted byChristophe in 1997. Another stunning effort in 2006 with classic blueberry,blackberry and spiced notes to the nose. Great expanse, that will develop gameyhints and soften with time. The palate offers waves of black fruit withsweet tannins and real energy and freshness. This hedonistic effort will need afew years in bottle and drink for a decade. Stunning.

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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

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Snooth User: mws47
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5.00 5
07/05/2011

As smooth as silk on the tongue.Subtle flavors with astonishingly long finish. Pure joy.


Snooth User: dgustafson
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4.00 5
04/26/2010

Four glasses


External Reviews for Cayuse Syrah Walla Walla Valley Cailloux Vineyard

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
10/26/2011

The first of the Syrahs is the saturated purple 2006 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard (with 4% Viognier in the blend). It displays a Cote-Rotie-like nose of smoked meat, game, and bacon with a dollop of burnt sugar and blueberry making an appearance. Layered, plush, and super-rich, this full-bodied, pleasure-bent effort has exceptional length. Difficult to resist now, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-12 years.


External Review
12/20/2008

COLOR-extremely dark; NOSE-skittles rainbow, massive tropical fruit; TASTE-firm tannins, really nice interesting firm tannins, chocolate \& smokey on the finish, paintballs filled with fruit flavors exploding in your mouth, really nice wine.


External Review
11/21/2010

A Syrah wine from Washington in USA. 2006 Cayuse Vineyards Syrah Cailloux Vineyard 750ml



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The Cailloux Vineyard Syrah is Cayuse's flagship wine with aproduction of over 700 cases and was the first vineyard planted byChristophe in 1997. Another stunning effort in 2006 with classic blueberry,blackberry and spiced notes to the nose. Great expanse, that will develop gameyhints and soften with time. The palate offers waves of black fruit withsweet tannins and real energy and freshness. This hedonistic effort will need afew years in bottle and drink for a decade. Stunning.

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