2003 Cayuse Impulsivo – Bottle Notes
Cayuse was founded in 1997 by Christophe Baron, a native of France who grew up in family of winemakers in Champagne. Baron studied viticulture in Burgundy and Champagne, and had ambitions to make Pinot Noir in Oregon. However, on a visit to Walla Walla he found property that he believed would be perfect for growing grapes and decided to purchase the land.
En Chamberlin Vineyard was planted in 2000. This vineyard produces The Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon, Impulsivo Tempranillo and En Chamberlin Syrah.
Crimson in color. 14.1% ABV. Iron, grilled meat, cabbage and cherries on the nose. Medium body, bright acidity and resolved tannins. Deep, rich flavors of cherry, blood, saline and licorice. Muscular and powerful. Super finish. Without question the best domestic Tempranillo. Drink over the next few years.
My rating: 96 points.
The waiting list for the Cayuse mailing list is huge and you need to be well-connected to get a bottle via retail. Either way, current vintages are worth the hunt!
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