Cayuse Armada Vineyard Syrah 2016 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
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Cayuse Armada Vineyard Syrah 2016 750ml
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Cayuse Armada Vineyard Syrah 2016

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Category Red Wine
Origin United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley
Brand Cayuse
Alcohol/vol 13.5%

At 1815 vines per acre, the 7-acre Armada vineyard, created in 2001, was the highest density planting in the Walla Walla Valley until 2008. Notable wines include this Armada Vineyard Syrah, God Only Knows Grenache and Edith Grenache Rosé. Owner/grower/winemaker Christophe Baron thinks this Syrah has the character of a Northern Rhône, boasting an intense animal, earth and mineral character. From the very beginning, Cayuse Vineyards has been farmed organically—without synthetic fertilizers, chemicals, insecticides or fungicides. “Mistreating the earth kills the terroir, and you end up with soils that are sick or dead,” Christophe believes. “It’s a foundation you have to protect.”

In 2002 Cayuse became the first domaine in the Walla Walla Valley to fully implement biodynamic farming—a chemical-free approach designed to produce healthier soil and food. Based on the research of Dr. Rudolph Steiner in the 1920s, the philosophy focuses on the interrelationship of earth, plants and animals as a closed, self-nourishing ecosystem. Followers use an astronomical sowing and planting calendar. Christophe is a Frenchman by birth from the Champagne region, but after years of studying, travelling and making wines around the world, he fell in love with a piece of land in Washington State, with big, beautiful stones.... while others thought those ten acres of Walla Walla Valley farmland were only good for orchards, he saw something different with 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.” 

Jeb Dunnuck
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A wine that's held back three months in barrel and then held a year in bottle (as is the GOK), the 2016 Syrah Armada Vineyard saw 70-80% stems and 15% new oak (both demi-muids and foudre). Slightly deeper ruby in color, it has a mix of both red and blue fruits, salt, violets, damp earth, and smoked earth. Deep, tight, backward, but just loaded with potential, it needs 3-5 years of bottle age and will be very long lived.

April 11, 2019
Wine Advocate
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From the moment you stick your nose in the glass, you are immediately struck with something special. The 2016 Syrah Armada Vineyard has fantastic focus on the nose, with black fruits and a grippy core of minerality, revealing some soft truffle tones and black spices along the way. Full-bodied on the palate, the wine shows an impressive weight and continues to gain in breadth and depth, expanding and unfolding on the mid-palate. Beautifully structured flavors of cured meats and peppercorn evolve with incredible mineral tension and dusty red fruits, and the wine ends with a long, thought-provoking finish. The Armada Syrah is collector-worthy. The 472-case production leaves me speechless.

December 30, 2019
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Aromas of potpourri, smoked meat, earth, cracked pepper and lily lead to a dense, rich palate with intense fruit, savory and floral flavors. The palate shows more overt density than the other wines from this vintage, while remaining lively, energetic and exquisitely balanced. Potpourri and smoked meat linger on and on. Best after 2024.

October 1, 2019
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Healthy medium red, with moderate saturation. Musky black raspberry, red cherry, game and red licorice on the nose, lifted by a floral topnote; more red fruit in character than the Bionic Frog. Intensely flavored and energetic, displaying a penetrating spicy quality to its flavors of red cherry, raspberry and wild herbs. For all its verve, this ripe but classically dry Syrah is also wonderfully silky. Large-scaled but still tightly wound, finishing with fine-grained tannins, terrific rising floral length and late notes of wet soil and bacon. The Armada vineyard is located next to La Paciencia. (from vines planted in 2001 at 6 by 4 spacing; 10% new oak)

June 2018
Wine Spectator
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Expressive and slightly racy, with multilayered blackberry, black olive, stony mineral and bacon fat accents that build structure toward big but fine-grained tannins. Best from 2021 through 2027.

August 31, 2019
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