Horsepower Vineyards

Horsepower Vineyards

High Contrast Vineyard Syrah 2016

Identified this as Cayuse Syrah (blind). Love this style — 4 months ago

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Proper Wines

Syrah 2015

The poor man's Horsepower. Upon opening backend finish is off but settles with air and finds elegance and power balance. — 2 years ago

Le Clos du Caillou / Domaine du Caillou

Cuvée Unique Vieilles Vignes Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend 2011

David T
9.3

This is an insiders wine. You have study, focus and taste a lot wine to know how special this wine can drink. Especially, at its QPR.

There are a lot of people that covet SQN, Caycuse, Horsepower and No Girls. For my palate, these wines either burn the palate with ABV or choke off the fruit with way too much bacon fat and or deeply marinaded grilled meats. Yes, you are drinking expensive, flashy producers but, I would humbly disagree they are better wines than this 2011 Le Clos Du Caillou Vielles Vignes Cuvée Unique. Those other wines should aspire to be everything this 2011 shows and delivers.

This Le Clos Du Caillou has the balance the above wines lack and at a fraction of the price point. I would drink this 2011 over any of the other fore mentioned wines. While this Le Clos Du Caillou is a shade hot, it is not nearly as hot as SQN etc.. Hot ABV alcohol that burns the palate & back of the throat will forever be a fatal flaw in a wine.

The nose reveals, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blue & purple fruit mix, poached & back strawberries, black raspberries and both plums. Dark, sweet tarriness, dry, crushed rocks, steeped teas, anise stretching to black licorice, hint of dry herbs with bay leaf leading the way, dry brush, black, dry earth, savory, grilled meats, medium, dark spice, understated baking spices; clove, nutmeg, vanilla and a touch of clove, dark & mid red fruit cola, just a whiff of incense with candied, fresh and withering red & dark florals.

The body is rich and mid full. Tannins just 50% resolved with round, dark tarry teethiness. The structure, tension, length and balance are harmonious...just before their peak. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blue & purple fruit mix, raspberries that haut the center palate on the long set, poached & back strawberries, black raspberries and both plums. Dark, sweet tarriness, dry, crushed rocks, limestone minerals, steeped teas, anise stretching to black licorice, hint of dry herbs with bay leaf leading the way, dry brush, dry black earth, dry stone wrapped in moist clay, savory, grilled meats, some bacon fat, medium, dark spice, understated baking spices; clove, nutmeg, vanilla and a touch of clove, Mix of caramel & mocha powder, dark & mid red fruit cola, just a whiff of incense with candied, fresh and withering red & dark florals. The acidity is phenomenal. The long, ripe, well balanced & textured, elegant finish is memorable and is persistent for several minutes.

Wine paired perfectly with our marinated Tri-tip.

If you are over paying for the above lesser wines mentioned above, you owe it to yourself to seek out and cellar this wine appropriately.

Photos of; Le Clos Du. Caillou, their barrel room, Owners-Sylvie Vacheron & Bruno Gaspard and one of their vineyards. It’s amazing they can grow anything in that stone soil structure.
— 3 years ago

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Severn Goodwin

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@David T I'm a Syrah and Syrah-Blend fan, but do not enjoy them young, patience has endless virtue's in the wine world. This sounds like a great bottle.
David T

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@ It was and it was ridiculously inexpensive which, makes it all the better.
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@P A Thank you! Cheers! 🍷

Domaine Eleni et Edouard Vocoret

Le Bas de Chapelot Chablis Chardonnay 2019

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2019 Chablis Le Bas de Chapolot seems to have more horsepower on the nose compared to the 2020. This really sings with orange blossom, white peach and touches of linseed. The palate is beautiful – well defined, quite showy and forward, with fine weight and tempting peach, elderflower and light mango notes. Long but not necessarily minerally on the finish. Lovely. (Neal Martin, Vinous, October 2021)
— 10 months ago

M. Chapoutier

l'Ermite Ermitage Syrah 2005

Shay A
9.4

Got to pop some special bottles when my good friend Shawn came in to town!

We thought it would be fun to open this alongside the Horsepower for a small comparison...as an ‘05, this was shockingly young. Gorgeous aromatic display of dried red flowers, herbs de Provence, underripe blackberries, and a touch of iron. On the palate, it unfurled a bit towards the end of the evening, revealing black currant, raspberries, coffee beans, smoked meats and a tangy mineral driven finish. This needs another 5 years and at that point, this may start approaching triple digits. Thanks
@Shawn R .
— 3 years ago

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Le Macchiole

Paleo Bolgheri Cabernet Franc 2011

Wonderfull duo from Le Macchiole. The Paleo (100% Cab Franc) is driven on horsepower and is quite intense while the Scrio (100% Syrah) is somewhat more elegant and smoother. Both fantastic wines! — 3 years ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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Horsepower, intruiging note. Do you mean smell 😬😏
Anthony De Blasi

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@Peter van den Besselaar 😁 no, I mean that it's a quite powerfull wine

Charles Smith

Royal City Washington Syrah 2015

Nice, but not Cayuse or horsepower. Its a close 3rd place
Jeb 98🤷🏼‍♂️
— 3 years ago

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You and me both.
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Tough to compare the Royal City bottling with any Rocks District wines, the terroirs are so different. That wine is about the flowers and fruit. Find the K 2014 River Rock bottling or 2015 Powerline for more of what it sounds like you’re looking for.

Hors Categorie Vineyards

Syrah 2014

Shay A
9.7

Though not the same as it was pre-COVID -19, a handful of us were able to gather (while keeping our distance) to celebrate being back together and opened some fun wines to share. Wine is always better with good company.

A tour de force Syrah. Kudos to Christophe for not only the monumental effort here, but for also how it has its own profile away from Cayuse, Horsepower and No Girls. For me, this fell in between Cayuse and HP in the funk department, but it’s depth and concentration is unmatched. Pours dark in the glass with aromatics reminiscent of a bbq pit next to an herb garden. Teriyaki sauce, cherry smoked jerky, black currant, peppercorn crusted blackberries and classical funk. On the palate, it’s commanding with a vein of iron like savoriness down the middle, alongside licorice, potpourri, brambly dark fruits and herbs de Provence. We followed this out of the decanter for a few hours and it only got more powerful. Heck of a bottle, courtesy of
@Keith Fisher .
— 2 years ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

On my list but not paying retail,
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@Arden Barnett : Yes, a true treat to try. One of the best domestic Syrahs I’ve tasted.

Le Macchiole

Scrio Toscana Syrah 2013

Wonderfull duo from Le Macchiole. The Paleo (100% Cab Franc) is driven on horsepower and is quite intense while the Scrio (100% Syrah) is somewhat more elegant and smoother. Both fantastic wines! — 3 years ago

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No Girls Wines

La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2015

This is a wicked wine. Medium red/medium garnet. Savory wine for sure. Nose is majority meat ( maybe some beef that’s been left in the sun, or some smoked bacon ), black tea, sour cherry, plum, earth, poo, some floral notes. Palate follows, meat and black tea, strawberry, sour cherry. All of the Cayuse has this similarity for sure. Horsepower Sur Echalas light. — 3 years ago