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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2009
Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2009
(search item no. 121170)
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Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $159.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#22 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Cayuse 100% estate wines include four vineyard designated Syrahs. These highly stressed vineyards average a yield of only two tons or less per acre, resulting in wines true to each vineyard's unique terroir.

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About Cayuse:

An adventure in the new world
Christophe Baron grew up among the vineyards and cellars of his family's centuries-old Champagne house, Baron Albert. His sense of adventure, however, led him to become the first Frenchman to establish a winery in Washington State.

While visiting the Walla Walla Valley in 1996, Christophe spotted a plot of land that had been plowed up to reveal acres of softball-sized stones. This stony soil, this terroir, was just like that of some of the most prestigious French appellations. The difficult ground would stress the grapevines, making them produce more mature, concentrated fruit.

He named his vineyard after the Cayuse, a Native American tribe whose name was taken from the French cailloux--which means, rocks. Hours of back-breaking work later, Cayuse Vineyards has become five vineyards encompassing 41 acres.

The majority is planted with Syrah, and the rest dedicated to Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Tempranillo and Viognier. All of the vineyards are planted in rocky earth within the Walla Walla Valley appellation. Cayuse was the first winery in Washington State to use biodynamic farming methods.