2016 Cayuse Armada Syrah - 98 pts - 750ml

2016 Cayuse Armada Syrah - 98 pts - 750ml

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2016 Cayuse Armada Syrah - 98 pts!

Perhaps you’ve heard the almost mythical story, how the brash, young French Vigneron visited the then little-known town called Walla Walla, and fell in love with a few acres of seemingly useless, stone-covered farmland. While the nay-sayers nayed, Christophe Baron deftly turned that field of stones into the acclaimed Cayuse Vineyards. And the rest, as they say, is history—and a whole lot of spectacular wine.

Christophe purchased the property and planted his first vineyard in the Stones of the Walla Walla Valley on March 21, 1997. “People said I was crazy, that I’d break my equipment and waste my time and money,” he recalls. “But I knew that vines need to struggle in difficult ground in order to provide their best.” 

He called the venture Cayuse Vineyards, after a Native American tribe
whose name was derived from the French word “cailloux”—which means “stones.” In the following years, it has grown to five vineyards, encompassing a little more than 47 acres.

What was considered by many a foolish gamble on that field of stones has been rewarded year after year with some of the most acclaimed wines in the region—and in the nation.

      


Product Details

Varietal Syrah
Vintage 2016
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region Washington
Location Columbia Valley
Producer Cayuse Vineyards
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Winery Details

Varietal Syrah
Vintage 2016
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region Washington
Location Columbia Valley
Producer Cayuse Vineyards
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 98 RP - From the moment you stick your nose in the glass, you are immediately struck with something special. The 2016 Syrah Armada Vineyard has fantastic focus on the nose, with black fruits and a grippy core of minerality, revealing some soft truffle tones and black spices along the way. Full-bodied on the palate, the wine shows an impressive weight and continues to gain in breadth and depth, expanding and unfolding on the mid-palate. Beautifully structured flavors of cured meats and peppercorn evolve with incredible mineral tension and dusty red fruits, and the wine ends with a long, thought-provoking finish. The Armada Syrah is collector-worthy. The 472-case production leaves me speechless. RP

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