2007 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (3/30/2018)
-- decanted 1 hour before initial taste --
-- tasted non-blind over 2 – 3 hours --
NOSE: eye-fluttering aromas of savory purple fruits, dried herbs, green peppercorns/stems, as well as an underlying "meatiness."
BODY: medium-full bodied; violet-garnet color of great depth.
TASTE: concentrated garrigué; oak; plum; smooth; low acidity; concentrated blueberry, which doesn't make itself obvious until well into the finish, which is very long and of medium-light to medium intensity; peppery/smoked beef; 14.6% alc. is well-hidden; no overt olive note, but there is an underlying briney aspect; nice pair with steak (the food helped the wine; the wine did not help the food); a touch ashy with food; not tertiary, but fully relaxed; Excellent, and probably in its prime drink window; I'd bet the alcohol and oak outlive the fruit (tannins gone now), and the acid seems low, so I see this as best to Drink Now and over next 2 – 3 years.
50, 5, 14, 16, 8 = (93 pts.)