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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Cayuse Coccinelle Syrah 2003
Cayuse Coccinelle Syrah 2003
(search item no. 91002)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $109.00

Winemaker's Notes:

Cayuse produces some of the most sought-after Syrah's made in America, along with the likes of Sin Qua Non and Pax. We just got in a small amount of the 2003 vintage - here's your chance to try a bottle before this year's allocation is gone. Very limited!

Coccinelle means "lady bug" in French - an allusion to the multitude of helpful ladybugs that seem to be drawn to this biodynamically farmed vineyard. This 5.5 acre vinyard is planted with 100% Syrah in 1998 - only 176 cases were produced in 2003.

"Deep red-ruby. Black raspberry, gunflint and smoke on the nose. Sweet and lush but vibrant and suave, with a juicy elegance to the chewy red berry flavors. Finishes with a firm structure and sweet tannins. This may well merit a higher score as it gains complexity with more bottle aging."
-International Wine Cellar 92+

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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.