Wednesday, December 27, 2006

2003 Cayuse Syrah

Almost everyone has heard of Screaming Eagle. Cayuse is sort of like the Screaming Eagle of Washington, with two exceptions. (1) I've actually drank several Cayuse wines. (2) The prices tend to be between $30 and $60 per bottle instead of $500 and up.

You've never heard of Cayuse because it's not sold in stores and very few restaurants can get it. I heard a rumor that the Wolfgang Puck in Hawaii once had a few bottles, but I've not been there to verify.

The other night we had the '03 Cayuse Syrah which was excellent as always. The wine is saturated with the mineral taste of the Red Mountain soil. The wine is well-made and consistent. I'm not sure what the long-term aging prospects are, but the man is French so I suspect it will last a good amount of time in the bottle and only get better with age.

If you want some, get on their list now and in two years or so you might get some.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cayuse grapes don't come from the Red Mountain AVA. They come from the cobblestone-filled vineyrads near Milton-Freewater, Oregon in the walla walla AVA, so sorry, you're NOT tasting anything from Red Mountain!