Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard 2020

13.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2020
  • IWR 96
  • JS 96
  • OB 95
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The Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard 2020, crafted by renowned winemaker Christophe Baron, is a testament to the artistry of the vineyard and the expertise behind it. With a deep ruby hue, this Syrah captivates the senses from the first glance.

On the nose, an enchanting symphony of aromas unfolds – blackberry and blueberry notes dance alongside the intriguing allure of black pepper. Delicate wisps of smoked meat and leather provide depth, weaving an intricate tapestry of scents.

The palate offers a luxurious journey into flavor complexity. Full-bodied and velvety, it reveals a mosaic of tastes. Dark fruit, as rich and intense as a summer night, mingles with the inviting embrace of espresso. An undertone of earthiness adds dimension, creating a wine that is both bold and balanced.

Tannins, firm yet harmoniously integrated, guide the experience towards a gratifying and enduring finish. This Syrah’s potential to evolve with time is undeniable, yet its current state of grace is irresistible.

James Suckling’s 96-point rating captures the essence, celebrating its meatiness, ripe dark berries, and cocoa notes. International Wine Report awards it 96 points, highlighting its silky tannins, stone minerality, and captivating flavors. Owen Bargreen’s 95-point accolade applauds its stunning presence even in a challenging vintage.

Pair this masterpiece with robust dishes – grilled lamb chops, beef stew, or roasted game meats – and let its bold character harmonize with hearty flavors. Alternatively, savor it alongside strong, aged cheeses like blue cheese or aged cheddar. The Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard 2020 is a journey into elegance and strength, a symphony of taste that captivates now and promises an ever-evolving experience over the years.

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Critical Acclaim

IWR 96
International Wine Report
Another stunning Syrah from Cayuse, the 2020 En Cerise Vineyard is made from 100% Syrah that is aged for 18 months in 15-20% new French oak barrels. Blue plum, Spanish olives, smoked brisket, and dried white grapefruit zest combine perfectly on the palate alongside that phenomenal stoney minerality that is always present in these wines. Tannins are silky smooth and merge well with the nearly perfect levels of acidity. Highly recommended
JS 96
James Suckling
This is meaty, with ripe dark berries, plum skins, smoked bacon, cocoa and ground spiced and pepper. Medium- to full-bodied with firm, chalky tannins and a polished texture, with crushed-stone minerality and dried orange peel. Lengthy and persistent, with a savory finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
OB 95
Owen Bargreen
A stunning wine from a tough vintage, the 2020 En Cerise Vineyard Syrah is drinking beautifully right now. Red currants, copious minerals, kumquat zest, Nori and pulled pork flavors combine with stony accents on the palate. Finishing long with bright red fruits and citrus accents, this comes off very clean, with no rough edges. Enjoy now and over the next five plus years.

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Winemaker of Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard 2020

Christophe Baron

Renowned winemaker Christophe Baron's journey reads like a serendipitous tale of fate and terroir. Hailing from Champagne, Baron's course was set for Oregon's Pinot Noir until a visit to Walla Walla Valley redefined his destiny. Entranced by a distinct stony terroir, now part of the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA, he founded Cayuse in 1996, cultivating it from a modest 5 acres to an impressive 45. From this basalt cobblestone soil reminiscent of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Baron crafts wines exuding minerality and earthiness. Notably, his Bionic Frog 2007, an eloquent Syrah aged in French oak, radiates black olive and salt nuances, a testament to his vine-soil love affair.
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