2011 ‘NO GIRLS’ Syrah – La Paciencia Vineyard CAYUSE Walla Walla


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Winery Notes: Why No Girls?

It’s a perfectly reasonable question, and there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation.

The city of Walla Walla was founded in the mid-19th century by hard-working men and women— farmers, bankers, traders, prospectors, missionaries, housewives, field hands, future technologists and a myriad of others. Even a couple random adventurers named Lewis and Clark stopped by. It was a happening place. Like most American towns of its vintage, early Walla Walla offered its share of colorful characters and worldy distractions—including, dare we say it out loud, bordellos. And as fortune would have it, there had been one in the building Cayuse Vineyards founder Christophe Baron purchased in 2002

95 Points
…with the buzzwords being finesse and elegance, the 2011 Syrah La Paciencia Vineyard offers textbook pepper, olive tapenade, smoke and crunchy berry fruits in its medium to full-bodied, seamless and beautifully textured profile. Showing impressive complexity and already hard to resist, I-d lean towards drinking bottles over the coming decade as well. —Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

94 Points
The first impression is of steak tartare, with blood and a saline, savory character. There’s a floral, violet topnote, and streaks of black olive, orange peel, umami and brine. Tight, toned and muscular, it’s set in a compact, perfectly proportioned frame that requires many hours of breathing to open fully. —Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast

93 Points
Joyously aromatic and plump, with plum, black olive, tar and spice flavors, coming together harmoniously on a medium-scale frame. Persists impressively on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 199 cases made. —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

92+ Points
Bright, full red. Very tight nose hints at dark raspberry, black olive and baking spices, along with a gamey nuance. Chewy and ripe but extremely backward today, in a distinctly masculine style; a bit less pliant than the Cayuse 2011 Armada Syrah, which is itself somewhat youthfully unforthcoming. Tannins are extremely fine-grained but this Syrah will need a minimum of five more years in the cellar, by which time it will likely merit a higher rating. Finishes with sexy notes of brown sugar and olive tapenade. —Stephen Tanzer, Vinous