Cayuse God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2012
Cayuse is a high quality domaine located in the Walla Walla Valley in Washington State founded by winemaker Christophe Baron. His family hails from the Champagne region of France, where he was the youngest of the centuries-old Champagne house. Baron Albert and his ancestors had worked the land since 1677. After studying winemaking in Champagne and Burgundy, he came to the Walla Walla Valley in 1993 for a winery internship, fell in love with the region and a few years later purchased ten acres of farmland upon which he saw enormous potential. The terroir reminded him of the cobblestones of the southern Rhone Valley and Châteauneuf-du-Pape in his native France.
“I almost fell on my derrière when I saw those stones,” he says. “And I’ve been living the dream ever since.” Over the past 20 years, Christophe has made it his mission to craft food-friendly wines of incredible depth, individuality and character—all from fruit grown entirely using biodynamic farming methods. Cayuse creates at least a dozen critically-lauded wines each year, available as wine futures to the Cayuse mailing list (which is currently full!). We received a few precious bottles of this Grenache.
'Enough can’t be said about the quality coming from this estate, and Christophe Baron, who’s assisted by Elizabeth Bourcier, produces, in this reviewer’s opinion, some of the most distinctive and exciting wines on the planet. As I said last year, there’s no secret here, and Christophe simply has fantastic terroir, works his ass off in the vineyard (everything is farmed biodynamically), and then gets out of the way in the cellar.' WINE ADVOCATE
|Appellation||Walla Walla Valley|
Wine EnthusiastIt takes some time to open up but when it does, this wine reveals perfumed aromas of potpourri, green olive, savory spices, peat, pepper and mineral. The palate is equal parts light and dense with almost chewy, savory flavors that won't quit.
Wine AdvocateStructured and backward, the 2012 Grenache God Only Knows Armada Vineyard offers lots of framboise, black cherries, bouquet garni and spice to go with a full-bodied, seamless, elegant feel on the palate. It picks up more and more tannin with time in the glass, and needs 3-4 years of cellaring, but should keep for 15 years or more.