A friend popped our first 07 Cayuse and we were not disappointed. Dark ruby color with initial aromas of cracked pepper (barrel sample last year had this as well), dark blue fruit, a little underbrush, and a nice dose of flowers. Surprised to taste candied/sweet fruit in the first 30 minutes or so. Luckily, this wasn’t overpowering and slowly dissipated over time revealing some rare meat, pepper, tart cherries, and a hint of mushroom. Decently long finish leaving blackberries and cherries lingering. A fairly seamless and pleasurable wine possessing no overt oak or tannin. Give it 3 years and it will be dynamite but delicious now, nonetheless. 93pts.
What’s the ABV on that wine, Jared?
If I remember correctly, I think it was 14.9%.
No heat? Seems like with a fairly high ABV, such a young (and traditionally ‘big’) wine might throw off some heat
No heat for me. I actually don’t ever recall getting heat from a Cayuse wine. They always have so much going on that maybe I just don’t notice! Maybe I’m just “alcohol heat” tolerant as I’ve only found heat on one or two Saxums, as well, and those puppies are in the 16’s.
my bottles arrived…