Cayuse Vineyards : Armada Vineyard Syrah 2014

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The Complex Bouquet of a Biodynamic Syrah from Washington

Founded by Cristophe Baron, originally from the Champagne region, in 1997, Cayuse Vineyards was named after the French word for "stones," which refers to the characteristic stony terroir of the property. Today, this Washington State estate includes 5 vineyards, totaling 60 acres in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. The entire property has been certified biodynamic since 2002. Cristophe planted the 7-acre Armada Vineyard in 2001, at a high density of 1815 vines per acre. In fact, this vineyard was the most densely planted in Walla Walla until 2008. The soils are rich in iron, magnesium and calcium, a combination that contributes a fantastic minerality to the estate's wines. The vines stretch their roots deep into soils of cobblestone, which provide good water drainage and few nutrients for the plant. This forces the vines to dig deeper and fight to produce a small yield of fruit, which is concentrated and aromatically complex. The Armada Syrah 2014 by Cayuse Vineyards is a small production wine, of which only 489 cases were produced in this vintage.

The Armada Syrah 2014 by Cayuse Vineyards stuns with its depth and complexity, revealing on the nose delicate touches of smoky bacon, charcuterie, peppers and gun flint on a core of red fruit. The palate is remarkably smooth, with fine tannins layered on deep cherry and blue plum flavors. A truly impressive biodynamic Syrah from Washington State, which is ready to drink but will age nicely for another decade.
Parker : 97 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Complex and mouthwateringly savory aromas of grilled meat, black tea, bacon fat and cocoa nib mingle with fruit tones of red plum and cassis in an enticing mélange on the opening of the 2014 Syrah Armada Vineyard. It is a full-bodied, layered and satiny red with an expansive, textural attack that gives way to a deep, intense and masterfully controlled mid-palate and finish. Despite being the product of a warm vintage, the 2014 is beautifully elegant and nuanced.
WashingtonWalla Walla Valley
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Dessert wine

United States Of America

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Walla Walla Valley


Cayuse Vineyards


Contains sulfites