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Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard 2019

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13.60% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2019
  • WS 94
  • WE 92
  • WA 97
  • JD 98
  • JS 95
  • OB 97
  • VIN 95
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The Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard 2019 stands as an exquisite testament to the prowess of Cayuse Vineyards and the creative genius of winemaker Christophe Baron. Born from the unique terroir of Walla Walla Valley AVA in Washington State, this Syrah exemplifies extraordinary complexity and depth rarely encountered.

As envisioned by critics, the Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard 2019 unveils itself in layers of richness and nuance. A symphony of dark fruits, including blackberries and blueberries, entwines with alluring smoked meat, ground pepper, and iron notes. The palate embarks on a medium to full-bodied journey, a canvas painted with firm tannins that gracefully blend with integrated acidity, culminating in a salivating finish that marries salinity and minerality.

Jeb Dunnuck’s 98-point appraisal recognizes the wine’s potential for prolonged aging, projecting 20-25 years of prime enjoyment. The Wine Advocate, represented by its 97-point rating, describes the Syrah’s evolution from its tightly structured inception into a refined masterpiece with savory and umami intricacies.

Owen Bargreen’s 97 points commend the wine’s vibrancy, concentration, and mouth-watering acidity. A parade of red and dark fruits mingle with stony minerals and whispers of white pepper-dusted bacon, while James Suckling’s 95-point sentiment highlights its cool profile, red fruit, and cocoa expressions.

Vinous’ 95 points articulate the Syrah’s dark, woodsy essence, with wild berries, smoky herbs, and savory spices interwoven with gripping tannins and vibrant acidity. Wine Spectator’s 94 points celebrate its distinctive blueberry and huckleberry flavors, elevated by smoky meat and espresso undertones.

The Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard 2019, praised with a myriad of accolades, captures the essence of its terroir and the craftsmanship of its makers. With its harmonious balance, stunning aromas, and dynamic flavors, this Syrah promises an experience that evolves over years of thoughtful appreciation.

3 reviews for Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard 2019

  1. JD

    The 2019 Armada comes from a higher density planting just beside the estate, and it’s always a more dense, backward wine. Darker, black fruits, smoked meat, ground pepper, iron, and just subtle bloody, meaty nuances emerge from this beauty, and it’s medium to full-bodied on the palate, with building, firm tannins, wonderfully integrated acidity, and a great finish that makes you salivate due to its sense of salinity and minerality. It needs plenty of air if drinking any time soon but is another tour de force in Rocks Syrah! It has 20-25 years of prime drinking ahead of it.

  2. JS

    A lovely nose of plum, gravel and sweet tobacco. Wonderfully balanced and supple on the palate. Medium-to full-bodied with gentle tannins. Cool profile. Rather graceful expressions of red fruit and cocoa. So charming. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

  3. OB

    A vibrant wine that shows great verve and concentration from this slightly cooler vintage. Right away the nose is very alluring with soy sauce, forest floor, white truffle and Mandarin orange rind with red cherry candy… With loads of mouth-watering acidity, this is exceedingly difficult to put down. Concentrated red and dark fruits parade with stony minerals, and suggestions of white pepper dusted bacon on the palate. Complex and delicious, this is one of the great wines made in 2019. Drink 2022-2032.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 94
Wine Spectator
Distinctive and fragrant, with dynamic blueberry and huckleberry flavors accentuated by smoky meat, black olive and espresso notes as this expands toward refined tannins.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
The aromas are fruit forward for this area and producer, with notes of plum and red fruit, along with olive, peat, sea salt and spice. Medium-bodied, textured flavors follow, with spice notes lifting the finish.
WA 97
Wine Advocate
Rich, juicy and lush with a ripe dark red and black-fruited core of fruit, the 2019 Syrah Armada Vineyard offers dusty purple flowers and savory elements with notions of smoked meat. Medium to full-bodied, the Syrah is firm, focused and refined while offering wonderful savory and umami essences as the generous wine gains in complexity. Still firm and with a taut mineral tension, the wine subsides with a spicy and lingering finish that will benefit from a couple more years of bottle aging to release its tight grip. Be patient and give it time.
JD 98
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 Armada comes from a higher density planting just beside the estate, and it's always a more dense, backward wine. Darker, black fruits, smoked meat, ground pepper, iron, and just subtle bloody, meaty nuances emerge from this beauty, and it's medium to full-bodied on the palate, with building, firm tannins, wonderfully integrated acidity, and a great finish that makes you salivate due to its sense of salinity and minerality. It needs plenty of air if drinking any time soon but is another tour de force in Rocks Syrah! It has 20-25 years of prime drinking ahead of it.
JS 95
James Suckling
A lovely nose of plum, gravel and sweet tobacco. Wonderfully balanced and supple on the palate. Medium-to full-bodied with gentle tannins. Cool profile. Rather graceful expressions of red fruit and cocoa. So charming. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
OB 97
Owen Bargreen
A vibrant wine that shows great verve and concentration from this slightly cooler vintage. Right away the nose is very alluring with soy sauce, forest floor, white truffle and Mandarin orange rind with red cherry candy... With loads of mouth-watering acidity, this is exceedingly difficult to put down. Concentrated red and dark fruits parade with stony minerals, and suggestions of white pepper dusted bacon on the palate. Complex and delicious, this is one of the great wines made in 2019. Drink 2022-2032.
VIN 95
Vinous
The 2019 Syrah Armada Vineyard is dark and woodsy in the glass, with brambly wild berries and smoky herbal tones giving way to ash, olive brine and seared meats. This is a powerhouse, with dense textures ushering in a wave of dark mineral-inflected fruits and savory spice, yet balance is maintained by a core of saline-infused acidity. There’s an abundance of energy here, yet also grippy tannins, creating a youthfully chewy sensation as the Armada finishes structured yet surprisingly fresh. Cellaring will be required, yet also appreciated, once the 2019 awakens from its youthful slumber.

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