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2009 Cayuse Vineyards Syrah En Cerise Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
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94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

Good medium ruby, brighter than the Cailloux.  The nose offers superb lift for this warm vintage:  black cherry, blackberry, cocoa powder and pink peppercorn, plus a suggestion of marshmallow.  Lush and pliant but with a firm spine of acidity and underlying minerality energizing the sweet dark fruit and black olive flavors.  A distinctly Rhone-like animal quality adds interest.  At once rich and dry, with a building, tactile, palate-staining finish featuring a saline quality and strong black cherry flavor.  At 14.2% alcohol, this has the lowest octane level of this set of 2009s but boasts outstanding flavor impact.

95 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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