Cayuse Vineyards

Cayuse Vineyards

God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache

Absolute wrecking ball. John Henry red fruit and must be 90 proof. Good, but JC on a pogo stick, subtle it ain’t. — 6 days ago

Cayuse Vineyards

Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley Syrah 2012

One of the best vintages. Decanted for an hour, it just got better. Fantastic with steak, it added a smokiness to it. Love funk on the nose. Such a BIG wine.

Edit: not good the second day (only had a tiny bit left but still)
— 2 months ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Its a meal in itself, I have to drink these without food to get the full sense of the funk. Still sitting on a 14 & 05
Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Indeed! Love it but have to drink it in one sitting.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Just start at 2:00 & finish at 8:00 and you’re set!

Cayuse Vineyards

En Cerise Vineyard Syrah 2003

Is strawberry umami with cocoa nib dust a thing? Asking for a friend. — 2 months ago

P, Shay and 14 others liked this

Cayuse Vineyards

Edith Rosé Grenache 2017

I always hear this wine is not good, but breaking into it during the winter, I have to say it’s delightful. — 3 months ago

Sharon, Anthony and 1 other liked this

Cayuse Vineyards

Cailloux Vineyard Syrah 2011

Shay A
9.5

Broken record, I know, but these wines are just mesmerizing and right up my alley. I’d say this is drinking close to its apex, and that the overwhelming funk you get when young has become more integrated. Olive tapenade, cherry jerky, soy, and peppercorn crusted rhubarb aromatics. Gorgeous floral lift on the palate showing whole cluster flair. Added notes of potpourri, herbs de Provence, smoked meat, mulberries and raspberries. So complex. Thanks @Keith Fisher . — a month ago

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Keplinger

Keplinger Lithic GSM 2012

Shay A
9.2

The Rhône vibe continued after the Cayuse and 426 HS with this bottle from Dan. A very solid GSM blend that showed more weight and density than the others, along with more sweet smoke, plum, underripe blackberries, dark cocoa dusted dates...yet also a nice lavender and sweet floral finish. I’d start opening these. — a month ago

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Cayuse Vineyards

En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah 2014

Dry and spicy in the beginning but then it mellowed out into more earthy mineral dark fruit. Well balanced and an appealing draw to keep sipping....but not worth what we paid for it though! — 2 months ago

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Torrin

Akasha Willow Creek District Syrah 2015


My last 2015, fantastic nose and concentration. Jeb 💯
You would think it was an Alban or Cayuse. The 15 is nowhere to be found nowadays so pick up some 16 before its gone too.
— a month ago

Jason, Jim and 32 others liked this
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Most definitely, theres a reason this vintage can’t be found now.
Robert Rothfield

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Torrin is on fire....best under the radar producer in Passo Robles
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Picking up some 16 myself tomorrow,

Herman Story

426 Days California Grenache 2014

Shay A
9.4

I’ve been wanting to open this for a while and when I saw Keith’s Cayuse, I wanted to open this next to it and see how it compared.

Consistent with Herman Story style, this is large and in charge. However, the extended aging and the vessels in which this was aged gave this some gorgeous lift and a fantastic amount of layers. Whole cluster berries were in barrel for 426 days...so unique. Powered through two days easily, and is certainly best closer to cellar temp. Dark ruby in the glass with aromatics of baking spice, violets, potpourri, peppered cherry jerky, rhubarb tart and red licorice. There is a whole cluster flair to this...it’s not quite stemmy or green, but there is a crunch to it that I often get with whole cluster wines. On the palate it shows red plum, peppercorn, candied black cherries and cherry liqueur. Wonderful spicy finish. Best Herman Story wine I’ve had.
— a month ago

Mark Flesher
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Horsepower Vineyards

The Tribe Vineyard Syrah 2011

Shay A
9.5

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

My third bottle to pop of the evening. These are love it or hate it style wines, and I fall on the “love it” side every single time. The type of wines that can express the terroir of this area is just incredible. In true to Cayuse/Christophe Baron style, this is a savory packed punch wrapped in elegance. This is actually the inaugural vintage for HP, and even at 8/9 yrs of age, this is still quite youthful. Aromatically, it’s a heady display of soy, teriyaki, green olive, peppercorn crusted smoked meats, currant and spicy rhubarb. The palate shows just a touch more heft than most traditional high end northern Rhône Syrahs, but aside from that, it’s a dead ringer. The savory/iron driven components from the nose continue, but there is great acid followed by herbs de Provence and lots of wildflowers/potpourri for a floral finish. I followed this over 48hrs and it powered through the entire time. So much complexity here. My thanks to
@Bill Bender for helping me try this.
— 3 months ago

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Shay A

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@Paul T- Huntington Beach : No. Hope to soon.
Bill Bender

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Mike R

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Got some 16s recently