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Cayuse Syrah Walla Walla Valley En Chamberlin Vineyard 2002

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En Chamberlain is a 10 acre vineyard (3 acres devoted to Syrah - and another 3 to Tempranillo!) planted by Christophe on old riverbed - similar to his other rocky vineyards. The Syrah planted here produces some of the most beautifully aromatic wines. Displays a note of pure rasberry, along with dark chocolate and fresh and roasted berries. One of Christophe's most silky and expressive wines, this one doesn't have to be aged as long to enjoy - its drinking beautifully right now (but of course will cellar for 3-6 years if you so wish).

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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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En Chamberlain is a 10 acre vineyard (3 acres devoted to Syrah - and another 3 to Tempranillo!) planted by Christophe on old riverbed - similar to his other rocky vineyards. The Syrah planted here produces some of the most beautifully aromatic wines. Displays a note of pure rasberry, along with dark chocolate and fresh and roasted berries. One of Christophe's most silky and expressive wines, this one doesn't have to be aged as long to enjoy - its drinking beautifully right now (but of course will cellar for 3-6 years if you so wish).

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