Cayuse Vineyards

Cailloux Vineyard Syrah

9.3398 ratings
9.2126 pro ratings
Walla Walla Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Syrah
Top Notes For
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 .

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 .

Feb 28th, 2020
Matt Lasater

Raspberry jam, huckleberry compote, crushed black cherry, peach pit, violet liquor, bbq meat, fur, licorice whip, olive tapenade, sanguine, beef jerky, iodine, coffee grounds, smoke, pink peppercorns, a touch of leather. The salinity this has is unreal. It has real class and carries its weight well. Balance of the acid is keen, a cool-climate personality. Tannins are beautiful, resolving but bringing texture and posture. This could go another decade easily, but the balance is there now. Brownie points for the length and complexity.

Raspberry jam, huckleberry compote, crushed black cherry, peach pit, violet liquor, bbq meat, fur, licorice whip, olive tapenade, sanguine, beef jerky, iodine, coffee grounds, smoke, pink peppercorns, a touch of leather. The salinity this has is unreal. It has real class and carries its weight well. Balance of the acid is keen, a cool-climate personality. Tannins are beautiful, resolving but bringing texture and posture. This could go another decade easily, but the balance is there now. Brownie points for the length and complexity.

Jan 18th, 2020
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.4

Happy #winewednesday everyone! Since it’s #wawinemonth we decided to crack open this 2011 Cayuse Syrah from the Cailloux Vineyard.
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2011 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard
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The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Oregon, United States of America
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Beautiful Syrah which in 2011 was co-fermented with 5% Viognier from the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater in Oregon. Medium ruby red with some garnet hues. Layered nose with purple flowers, light baking spices, crushed rocks, raspberries and a bit savory. Medium plus tannins (7/10) and medium plus body. Love the funk and iron on the palate followed up by some red berries, smoked earth and white pepper. Long finish. Drink till 2025.
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94 Points
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Happy #winewednesday everyone! Since it’s #wawinemonth we decided to crack open this 2011 Cayuse Syrah from the Cailloux Vineyard.
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2011 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard
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The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Oregon, United States of America
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Beautiful Syrah which in 2011 was co-fermented with 5% Viognier from the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater in Oregon. Medium ruby red with some garnet hues. Layered nose with purple flowers, light baking spices, crushed rocks, raspberries and a bit savory. Medium plus tannins (7/10) and medium plus body. Love the funk and iron on the palate followed up by some red berries, smoked earth and white pepper. Long finish. Drink till 2025.
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94 Points
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#cayusevineyards #cayuse #cultwine #wawine #syrah #shiraz #viognier #redwine #wine #tastingnote #wines #redwines #washingtonstate #winegasm #wineporn #winestagram #winesofinstagram #winelover #winelovers #winerylovers #94MDPoints #Millennialdrinkers
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Aug 28th, 2019
Shay A
9.5

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.

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.

Apr 27th, 2019
Mike R
9.4

Man I love this winery and their wines - all of them speak to me saying the immortal words of bob Marley - every little thing is goin be alright - yummy

Man I love this winery and their wines - all of them speak to me saying the immortal words of bob Marley - every little thing is goin be alright - yummy

Mar 11th, 2018
Seth Morgen Long

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

9.0

Soft, flashy and delicious

Soft, flashy and delicious

Dec 19th, 2017
Brandon Sparks-Gillis

One of the first bottles that I coravin'd. Enjoyed 3 times since February, but it reached a new peak last night and today: so floral yesterday and meaty today.

One of the first bottles that I coravin'd. Enjoyed 3 times since February, but it reached a new peak last night and today: so floral yesterday and meaty today.

3 people found it helpfulJul 3rd, 2014
Allison Tauziet

Much more Southern Rhone than expected. Close my eyes and it's La Crau.

Much more Southern Rhone than expected. Close my eyes and it's La Crau.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 23rd, 2014
Greg Giere

Opened by Ben Smith during lunch today. Great purity of fruit with that trademark olive tapenade rocks funk. Showing very well.

Opened by Ben Smith during lunch today. Great purity of fruit with that trademark olive tapenade rocks funk. Showing very well.

1 person found it helpfulApr 12th, 2015
David Traynor

Assistant Winemaker Vin du Lac Winery

9.1

Yup, this happened. It was everything I expected. Perfect amount of funk and fruit.

Yup, this happened. It was everything I expected. Perfect amount of funk and fruit.

1 person found it helpfulMar 26th, 2015