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2016 CAILLOUX SYRAH, Cayuse. Walla Walla, Washington State

Bin:  753

Alcohol percentage:  13.5%

Organic

Area:

Walla Walla is the best-known quality area in Washington State. While Seattle (and most of the wineries) sit on the coast, 99% of the state’s vineyards are west of the Cascade Mountains, in what was effectively desert until irrigation was introduced.
The 4 hectare Cailloux vineyard was the estate’s first Walla Walla Valley vineyard, planted in 1997 and organically cultivated since the beginning, biodynamic since 2002.

Producer:

Christophe Baron is a noisy, opinionated, obsessive, brilliant Frenchman who made wine in Champagne and Burgundy before moving to the USA. His impressively annoying perfectionism reminds me of Jean-Marie Guffens in the Mâconnais.

Maturity potential:

Will improve to 2026 and hold at least 5 years beyond that.

Old Bridge rating:

The finest northern Rhône-style Syrah I have tried from outside that classic region.

Press review:

“The 2016 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard is co-fermented with 4% Viognier in a Côte-Rôtie style that delivers a red and black-fruited nose with a floral grip and rustic rockiness. It is medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a soft smokiness and olive notes, resulting in an exquisite and structured wine with a focus on terroir. It is thoughtfully balanced on the long-lingering finish with a tannic edge and lifting acidity.” 97/100, The Wine Advocate.

£130.00

This wine does not qualify for a further case discount

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