2007 Cayuse Armada Syrah - 98 pts - 750ml

2007 Cayuse Armada Syrah - 98 pts - 750ml

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2007 Calera Selleck Vineyard Pinot Noir - 98+ pts!
Even better is the 2007 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard perhaps the finest Pinot ever made by Calera. This 4.8-acre vineyard planted in 1975 has a much warmer southwest exposure than some of the estate's other sites. Only 411 cases were produced of this compelling Pinot Noir. Sassafras black cherry raspberry plum pomegranate cedar and underbrush aromas are accompanied by a full-bodied ripe wine with beautiful acids an intense underlying minerality/terroir character and a long finish. The 2007 Selleck is slightly less evolved than the Jensen but it is an impressive Pinot that should age effortlessly for 10-15+ years. Kudos to Josh Jensen for producing this remarkable group of wines! RP

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2007 Cayuse Armada Syrah - 98 pts!
The 2007 Syrah Armada Vineyard (100%) was aged in Rostaing puncheons, one of them new, for 30 months. Aromatically, it is the most brooding and Cote-Rotie-like of these Syrahs with notes of smoke, meat, game, garrigue, lavender, and blueberry. The most tightly wound of the Syrahs, it is the one that will most profit from several years of cellaring. It should offer prime drinking from 2014 to 2027. A cult of personality seems to have developed in Washington over the past couple of years. Whenever the name Christophe is mentioned, everyone immediately knows of whom you are talking. The man himself, Christophe Baron continues to find new and interesting things to do. His latest vineyard project is well underway on hillsides not far from his present location. His estate, just on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla AVA, consists of five small but distinct vineyards (41 acres in total – with more on the way). Syrah and the Bordeaux varietals are the principal focus but some of the finest parcels of Tempranillo and Grenache grown in the USA are on this estate. Unfortunately, there will be no more varietally bottled Viognier which will now be used only as a blending grape. The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and much of the estate is planted on rootstock to prepare for the day when phylloxera works its way through Walla Walla. The wines are all fermented with indigenous yeasts and bottled unfined and unfiltered. RP
2007 Calera Selleck Vineyard Pinot Noir - 98+ pts! Even better is the 2007 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard perhaps the finest Pinot ever made by Calera. This 4.8-acre vineyard planted in 1975 has a much warmer southwest exposure than some of the estate's other sites. Only 411 cases were produced of this compelling Pinot Noir. Sassafras black cherry raspberry plum pomegranate cedar and underbrush aromas are accompanied by a full-bodied ripe wine with beautiful acids an intense underlying minerality/terroir character and a long finish. The 2007 Selleck is slightly less evolved than the Jensen but it is an impressive Pinot that should age effortlessly for 10-15+ years. Kudos to Josh Jensen for producing this remarkable group of wines! RP This is a phenominal Pinot Noir which we highly reccommend!

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Varietal Syrah
Vintage 2007
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region Washington
Location Columbia Valley
Producer Cayuse Vineyards
Color Red
Wine Type

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Rating 98 RP - 2007 Cayuse Armada Syrah - 98 pts! The 2007 Syrah Armada Vineyard (100%) was aged in Rostaing puncheons, one of them new, for 30 months. Aromatically, it is the most brooding and Cote-Rotie-like of these Syrahs with notes of smoke, meat, game, garrigue, lavender, and blueberry. The most tightly wound of the Syrahs, it is the one that will most profit from several years of cellaring. It should offer prime drinking from 2014 to 2027. A cult of personality seems to have developed in Washington over the past couple of years. Whenever the name Christophe is mentioned, everyone immediately knows of whom you are talking. The man himself, Christophe Baron continues to find new and interesting things to do. His latest vineyard project is well underway on hillsides not far from his present location. His estate, just on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla AVA, consists of five small but distinct vineyards (41 acres in total – with more on the way). Syrah and the Bordeaux varietals are the principal focus but some of the finest parcels of Tempranillo and Grenache grown in the USA are on this estate. Unfortunately, there will be no more varietally bottled Viognier which will now be used only as a blending grape. The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and much of the estate is planted on rootstock to prepare for the day when phylloxera works its way through Walla Walla. The wines are all fermented with indigenous yeasts and bottled unfined and unfiltered. RP

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