Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2011 Front Label
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Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2011

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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RP 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Tempranillo Impulsivo is easily the top example of this variety coming out of the New World. Classic in style with its singed cedar board, spice, earth, dried flowers and plum and blackberry styled fruit, this puppy hits the palate with a structured, full-bodied profile that needs 3-4 years of cellaring to round into form. While I haven’t been able to taste many aged example of this cuvee (it was first made in 2003), I can’t imagine it not evolving gracefully for at least 10-15 years. Rating: 97+
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Beefy and broad, this offers up the aromas of a rich stew, with sweet tomato, peppery herb and game. Supple and soft, the flavors blend seamlessly, with the accent of savory notes rather than specific fruits.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
A fresh and expressive red, tightening on the sharply focused palate, where this plays out dark berry, plum, sweet spice and floral flavors into a harmonious chord that echoes easily on the refined finish. Drink now through 2019.
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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.

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