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2004 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard – 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 Cerise Vineyard was planted in 1998. Translated from French, it means cherry – appropriate as the site was a former orchard.

Crimson in color with some bricking on the edge of the glass. 14.3% ABV. Great nose of cherries, meat, olives and iron. Full bodied with nice acids and a great mouthfeel. Gob of cherries on the palate with game, blood, soy and tea. En Cerise has and always will be about cherries. Aging gracefully. Super finish. Drink over the next few years. Thrilling wine.

My rating: 95 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!

I blogged about Cayuse previously in The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings, Cayuse 2014 Release Party and Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5.

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2004 Dehlinger Syrah Goldridge Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Dehlinger Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and was founded in 1975 by Tom and Carole Dehlinger. Eva Dehlinger took over winemaking duties in 2007. Known for their Pinot Noir, Dehlinger also makes Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

The grapes for Dehlinger Wines are largely grown on the Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The initial vines were planted in 1975 and followed by subsequent plantings through 1989.

Opaque purple in color. 14.6% ABV. Young nose of blue fruits, iodine and pepper. Rich and full bodied with medium acidity. Great texture and mouthfeel. Tons of lush blueberry and raspberry fruit on the palate. Blood, meat and chocolate on an exceptionally long finish. This wine is 10 years young. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Dehlinger Winery has a great reputation among wine connoisseurs. Wine writers have consistently given strong reviews while praising the winery for its uniqueness, quality, consistency and value. About 75% of their wine is sold via the mailing list. Amazing wines that are well worth the search.

I wrote about Dehlinger previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2004 Dehlinger Estate Syrah – Bottle Notes

Dehlinger Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and was founded in 1975 by Tom and Carole Dehlinger. Eva Dehlinger took over winemaking duties in 2007. Known for their Pinot Noir, Dehlinger also makes Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

The grapes for Dehlinger Wines are largely grown on the Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The initial vines were planted in 1975 and followed by subsequent plantings through 1989.

Purple in color. 14.8% ABV. Powerful nose of red fruits, flower and pepper. Full bodied with medium acidity. Cherries, meat, lavender, game, olives and blackberries on the palate. Great texture. Rich and unctuous. The wine is in a really good place right now. Drink over the next year or two.

My rating: 92 points.

Dehlinger Winery has a great reputation among wine connoisseurs. Wine writers have consistently given strong reviews while praising the winery for its uniqueness, quality, consistency and value. About 75% of their wine is sold via the mailing list. Amazing wines that are well worth the search.

I wrote about Dehlinger previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2004 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard – 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.

Armada Vineyard was planted in 2001. At 1815 vines per acre, this 16-acre vineyard, was the highest density planting in the Walla Walla Valley until 2008. Besides the Armada Vineyard Syrah, notable wines include the God Only Knows Grenache and Edith Grenache Rosé.

Decanted for 30 minutes. Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. Unmistakably Cayuse. Big, funky and supremely concentrated (but less funky than the other ’04 Cayuse Syrahs). Blueberries, saline and soy sauce on the nose. Olive tapenade, pork rind, cherries, blueberries and iron on the palate. The finish is immense. The purity of fruit is amazing. Perfectly balanced. Drink over the next year or so.

My rating: 97 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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2004 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard – 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.

Cailloux was Christophe’s first Walla Walla Valley vineyard. The 10-acre plot was planted in 1997, and produces the flagship Cailloux Syrah.

The Cailloux Syrah is co-fermented with 4% Viognier. 15.5% ABV. Blood red in color with some bricking around the edges. A soaring nose of plums, cherries, flowers and grilled meats. The palate is awash with blood, iodine, sausage, game, dark cherries, minerals and cabbage. The finish is long and supple. Great depth and complexity. The wine is literally a meal in and of itself. Unmistakably and unapologetically Cayuse. Aging beautifully. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 95 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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2004 Turley Howell Mtn. Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Turley Wine Cellars was founded in 1993 by Larry Turley and specializes in small lots of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from some of California’s most historic and treasured vineyards. Read more

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