Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2012

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Tapenade, sassafras and tarry aromatics and flavors combine to give this richly decadent style extra depth, centering on black cherry fruit at the core. Has great presence and a distinctive profile.

Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Brand Cayuse
  • wa96

Wine AdvocateThe dark ruby, opaque 2012 Syrah en Chamberlin Vineyard is a classic example of this vineyard. Gamy, complex and nuanced, with lots of olive tapenade, ground herbs, charcoal and wood smoke, as well as a beautiful core of dark fruit, it has full-bodied richness, building tannin, and a light, elegant texture. One of the more approachable 2012s from Christoph, it still doesn't lack for tannic grip. It offers plenty of pleasure now, but should have 15 years or more of longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, June 2015
  • we95

Wine EnthusiastAromatically this wine is not yet entirely ready to reveal its charms, with reserved notes of mineral, smoked meat, olive brine, fire pit, peat and crushed flowers. The generous earth and savory flavors feel rich and full, leading to a lengthy finish.

Sean Sullivan, September 2015
  • agv94

VinousMedium bright red, a bit less saturated than the Cailloux and en Cerise. Extravagant varietally expressive aromas of raspberry, charred meat and duck fat. Dense, thick and plump but also quite firm, with multidimensional flavors of raspberry, blackberry, black cherry and licorice saturating the palate and building slowly on the very long back end. Boasts a lovely restrained sweetness, as well as more lift than some recent decadent vintages for this bottling

Stephen Tanzer, November 2015
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorTapenade, sassafras and tarry aromatics and flavors combine to give this richly decadent style extra depth, centering on black cherry fruit at the core. Has great presence and a distinctive profile. Drink now through 2022. 349 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, June 30, 2015