Baron Leon Christophe

Horsepower Vineyards

Fiddleneck Vineyard Grenache 2018

Mesmerizing Grenache from Christophe Baron. He once told me that his job is to sell pleasure and this wine is no less than that. Distinctively floral, with red and black cherries, strawberries, blueberries, grapefruits, nori leaves, crushed rocks and cola on the nose, the mouthfeel is sensational. So dense and concentrated, yet so light on its feet with ripe and deliciously smooth tannins. This is champions league winemaking. Drink now until 2033. — 18 days ago

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Cayuse Vineyards

Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley Syrah

Color - dark purple garnet. A bold expressive funky perfume fruit nose so classic of Cayuse with mineral-meat, smokey and mint notes lingering with a vanilla toast scent. Juicy and elegant; rich with dark plum-cherry flavors intertwined with a smokey soil bacon bitters taste—the mineral-iron characteristics follow with a tobacco long finish. Looking forward to seeing how the flavors change with different foods and as the wine opens up. Bionic Frog is favorite and definitely a wine to try and store in your cellar. Christophe Baron does it again! — 2 years ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

I love Cayuse wines. what’s with the funky?
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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Horsepower Syrahs are the only ones I’ve had with more funk than Cayuse.

Cayuse Vineyards

En Chamberlin Vineyard Impulsivo Tempranillo 2017

One of the iconic Tempranillo bottlings in North America, the 2017 ‘Impulsivo’ Tempranillo is a spectacular effort by superstar vigneron Christophe Baron. Sourced from the ‘En Chamberlin Vineyard’, the Tempranillo takes the lead with layers of Umami, bacon fat, cigar ash and green olive tapenade woven together with shades of blackberry compote and salted meats on this complex bouquet. The gorgeous aromatics bring you back to the glass for more indulgence. Once on the attack, the silky mouthfeel effortlessly glides across the mid-palate. The elegance of this wine is truly profound, as wild blackberry jam and Satsuma orange zest flavors meld with shades of Umami, bacon fat, tar and Yakima cherry on this complex palate. Wait for the exceedingly long finish that adds a brilliant crescendo to top off this masterpiece. Drink 2020-2030- 97 — 2 years ago

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Horsepower Vineyards

The Tribe Vineyard Syrah 2012

Shay A
9.5

Again, these are love it or hate it style wines, and I fall on the “love it” side every single time. This was part of a blind lineup for “Rhône style wines”. These wines are a bit difficult not to identify in a blind lineup due to their distinctive aromatics.

My note here is pretty similar to the 2011 I opened a year and a half ago. In true to Christophe Baron style, this is a savory packed punch wrapped in elegance. Aromatically, it’s a heady display of soy, teriyaki, green olive, peppercorn crusted smoked meats, currant and spicy rhubarb. At 10yrs, the palate is almost a dead ringer for high end northern Rhône Syrah. The savory/iron driven components from the nose continue but there is great acid followed by stems, herbs de Provence and lots of wildflowers/potpourri for a floral finish. I found the 2011 to have a lighter/more floral profile, but this one certainly has more stuffing and aging potential. This seems to just now be entering a peak drinking window.

Also in the lineup was a 2014 Hors Categorie (also from Christophe Baron), and I found the 2012 HP to taste younger, while the 2014 HC had a bit more heft in the mid-palate. Love both.
— a month ago

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Horsepower Vineyards

Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2017

A load of barnyard funk here, in typical Christophe Baron fashion. A very young wine so I’m giving this the benefit of the doubt at this stage. Less bell pepper than I’ve experienced with Cayuse, but a similar smoked meat profile. Polarizing as others have stated, but I dig it. Happy New Year! — 2 years ago

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Hors Categorie Vineyards

Syrah

Shows it’s Christophe Baron pedigree. More restrained than Bionic Frog, but still with a long finish. Probably will benefit from a couple more years in the bottle. — 2 years ago

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Bryan Kesting

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@Keith Fisher What vintage? I hope you are well!
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This bottle was ridiculous. Brilliant whole cluster spice, iron and dark fruits. Thanks for opening this, Keith.
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Keith Fisher

@Bryan Kesting 2014. Tried to include that info, but I am not particularly skilled with this app. We are well here, but still pretty locked down. Hope you’re well and drinking good wine (looks like you have been).

Christophe Baron

Hors Categorie Vineyard Syrah 2016

Yup, still a funky delicious wine if you like wine from the Rocks district. — 4 months ago

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Hate the price, love the wine.

Double Lucky

8 Red Blend 2017

What a suprise!! A free bottle shipped to all on Christophe Baron mailing lists(Cayuse, Hors Categorie, Horespower, No Girls) and a zoom tasting with the bionic frog himself, for this new wine from No Girls winery. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Tempranillo, from younger vines.

1 hour decant. An exquisite medium dark purplish garnet color. On the nose: big nose of cherry, grilled meat, a slight Cayuse funk(luv it), leather, dark chocolate, pencil lead. Taste: juicy, fresh medium body wine with plum, baking spice, milk chocolate, grapefruit, leather, and a nice looonnnggg finish. A fun, easy to drink wine now or over the next 4 years. You know you want some!!!
— 2 years ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Good review. I want some!
Tom Garland

Tom Garland

@Shay A definitely watch the recording. As always, Christophe is fun to watch with all his stories. Cheers!
Tom Garland

Tom Garland

@Hugh O'Riordan Thanks and a nice price point of $44 too. Cheers!

Domaine Jamet

Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2012

The 2012 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie is an absolutely monumental wine from this challenging vintage in the Northern Rhone. Tasted with eminent Washington vigneron, Christophe Baron, this beautiful wine needed more than an hour decant. The seductive nose picks up gorgeous range form red fruits to citrus rind and bulls blood as well as iodine that all connect marvelously in the glass. The palate has tremendous verve and energy, as the silky mouthfeel and wonderful tension in the wine create a lasting effect. A dusting of white pepper hits you instantly, alongside bacon fat, red cherry puree and red plum infused black tea flavors all marvelously aligning. The mouth-watering acidity to the wine is absolutely stunning. Fantastic now, this beautiful wine will continue to evolve over the next two decades. Drink 2019-2035- 95 — 4 years ago

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