Cayuse Vineyards Cailloux Vineyard Syrah 2016
The 2016 Cayuse Cailloux is a profound expression of Syrah from this iconic estate. The nose is redolent with aromas of dark fruit, black olive, and smoked meat, with hints of lavender and violets adding complexity. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and concentrated, with flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, and black pepper layered over a firm structure of polished tannins and bright acidity. The finish is long and persistent, with echoes of dark fruit and savory spices lingering on the palate. This is a wine that will reward cellaring for many years to come.
Aromas of peeled orange, fresh flower, ground black pepper, bacon fat, potpourri, funk, truffle, sea salt, soot and crushed rock are at the fore. The flavors are intensely rich—grabbing you and shaking you around—while still retaining a compelling sense of elegance that ups the interest. An extended, flower-filled finish follows. Best after 2024. Sean P. Sullivan
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) -
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. This is really well-made wine with a production of only 829 cases. - Reviewed by Anthony Mueller