Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
On the nose, blueberries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, oak, tobacco, spices, bitter herbs, vegetables, wet leaves, licorice and black pepper.
Medium plus in body and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, bitter herbs, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables and black pepper.
Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Syrah from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State. Nicely balanced and earthy, with an elegant mouthfeel. Not as spicy as i except it to be.
Feels like a southern Rhône blend, more than a new world wine.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly.
A blend of 88% Syrah and 12% Grenache. Aged in 100% French Oak barrels (16% new).
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$30. — 7 days ago
My contribution for the big celebration yesterday evening. This is drinking at its peak (in my opinion). It is a blend of new world Syrah with a core of northern Rhône/hermitage. It starts off with the typical classical funk that Cayuse is known for not but not super intense (that signature wet fox fur) alongside some stemmy notes and underripe black cherry. When it hits the palate, it really shines showing iron, teriyaki, and olive tapenade. The savoriness of these wines meshes well with the fruit as age sets in and the fruit kind of comes back for a last gasp...old blackberry and spicy rhubarb pie. Held up extremely well in the decanter even after 3+ hours. I’d drink up, but it will certainly stay in this window for a while. — 25 days ago
The nose reveals, jammy red & blue fruits. Blackberries, boysenberries, black plum, black raspberries & dark cherries. Black pepper, black licorice, dark rich earth, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, mocha, dark, rich earth, light spice, brilliant, lavender, violets, dark and red fresh florals.
The body is full with meaty, dry, powdery, sticky tannins. The mouthfeel is gorgeous. Blackberrie, boysenberries, black plum, black raspberries & dark cherries. Black pepper, black licorice, dark rich earth, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, mocha, dark, rich earth, light spice, brilliant, lavender, violets, dark and red fresh florals. Amazing acid. The finish is balanced, ripe, sexy and gorgeous.
Photos of; Gabrielskloof Cellar Door courtyard, Estate vines, decomposed Granitic soils the vines grow in and the entrance to Gabrielskloof. — 7 days ago
The 2016 'Foothills Reserve' is an absolutely phenomenal wine that is truly one of the most compelling wines from Washington State. The nose takes on an incredible range of aromatics, from blood orange, to charcuterie to black fruits and olive tapenade which constantly bring you back to the glass for more. The palate shows remarkable freshness and intensity as flavors of Asian spice, Hoisin sauce, black tea, blackberry pie and wet stone characters all come to play. There is a seamless quality to this wine that glides through the palate showing wonderful freshness and and lift as it enters the highly refined finish. Outstanding now, however I expect this wine will cellar marvelously over the next decade.Drink 2019-2029- 96 — 4 days ago
The nose shows; big jammy dark fruits with a hint of smoke and burned ambers. Blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blueberries, black raspberries liqueur notes, vanilla, light black pepper, heavily steep dark fruit tea, touch of caramel and mocha with red and dark fresh and withering florals.
The body is medium for Syrah but, the tannins, are dry, firm, meaty and sticky. The structure, length, tension and balance are good but, need a few more years to develop into better. Blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blueberries, black raspberries liqueur notes, vanilla, light black pepper, smoke, grilled meats, dry herbs, leathery, tobacco leaf, heavily steep dark fruit tea, touch of caramel and mocha with red and dark fresh and withering florals. The acidy is good. The finish is nice. It runs ripe, juicy fruit to dry tannins.
Photos of, their Syrah vines on the back of their property. This is where we first heard the Classical music they play to their vines, front property signs, their grounds with the manmade water reserve for irrigation. — 10 days ago
Vintage 1995 / Found this in a dark cellar corner, while I thought to drink my last bottle four years ago. Pleasant surprise although decay deployed. Yet very vital and awesome balance. This was a very good investment in pure pleasure. Rose above itself this Saint Chinian from 100% syrah. If you have got this wine drink it now. — 5 days ago
Birthday celebration for @Cody Uzzel at Lucio’s with a bunch of friends. All wines (except sparklers) tasted blind.
Another one of my contributions. WOTN for sure. When the dinner got planned for Cody I just knew the time had come to kill off this 🦄. During the work week my wife goes home for lunch, so on the day of the dinner I had her open this bad boy and put it in a decanter. Fast forward 8+ hours later and it was still a little tight when first sampling it over dinner. However, the insane part was that it evolved at a mind-blowing rate, dropping its guard and unleashing a payload of fragrance that absolutely shocked people. The whole table was fixated and enamored with this wine and it only got better as the night progressed. Drank beautifully with a heavily perfumed nose of musk, sandalwood, tonka, red fruits, and granite. True craftsmanship, such finesse and power. This was an ethereal experience. — 4 days ago