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Cayuse Vineyards Syrah Bionic Frog 2008, 750mL (WA96, ST96) from The BPW - Merchants of rare and fine wines.

Cayuse Vineyards Syrah Bionic Frog

750mL

Vintage: 2008
Region: US
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley

WA96, ST96
Rated 96 points by Robert Parker`s Wine Advocate: `Thanks to one of my two Washington geological mentors and a good friend of Baron`s - arch-terroirist Kevin Pogue of Walla Walla`s rather remarkable Whitman College - I was treated to my first taste of the Cayuse 2008 Syrah Bionic Frog in March; and was then able to re-taste it with Baron in July. Game larded with bacon and sage practically reaches out from the glass and slaps your nose. Tight and firm on initial entry, among this wine`s more striking evocations are herbal pungency as well as saliva-inducing salinity, soy-like savor, and smoky roast goose pan drippings, but it`s endowed as well with intensely ripe and correspondingly luscious fresh cherry and cassis. As it opens in the glass, remarkable high-toned as well as musky floral essences emerge, as if a distillate of iris, hyacinth and narcissus. This finishes with a superbly mouth-coating persistence, as spice box, forest floor, and wet stone elements add to its many dynamic strands of flavor. I suspect it will be riveting to follow for at least another decade.` -- Reviewed by David SchildknechtAdditional Notes from Robert Parker`s Wine Advocate: `Just as the cobbled soils around Milton-Freewater captivated Champenois Christophe Baron`s imagination on what he calls `a fateful April morning in 1996,` so the 100% estate-bottled wines he has grown in them since have amazed and inspired oenophiles to the extent of creating a veritable cult. `I`m here because of the rocks,` says Baron, who, although he loved the Rhone as much as he did Burgundy, was at the time planning to grow Pinot in the Willamette Valley, `and because I just happened to open a book and show a friend in Walla Walla what vineyards look like in Chateauneuf. ?I know where we have rocks like that,` he told me, and I said: ?Take me there tomorrow!`` `The only way to tell how deep` the striking carpet of stones in his vineyards extends, says Baron `is to go down a well.` Baron - who emphasizes that he is conservative but at the same time scientifically rigorous about when and how much water to drip onto his vines - was one of the few Washington growers I met who spoke about, much less offered some specifics regarding root penetration. `In the summer - after crop-thinning (is done) and the (bird) nets are on, we get bored, so we rent a backhoe and we dig holes. And by the third leaf (i.e. year) the roots are already ten feet down.` Laura Pursley - who assists Baron in the vineyards (her fellow `assistant vigneronne` and counterpart in the `wine studio` - Baron`s name for his facility - is Elizabeth Bourcier) - notes that `opposite to what you`d think, it`s our sites with the highest clay content, with a bit more soil and less rock, that dry-out soonest.` From the inception of Cayuse, Baron commenced the painstaking work of generating his own vine selection from the clonally monotonous Syrah and Grenache material then available. From 2000 on, he has been taking advantage of the new diversity of clones available stateside and begun grafting these onto rootstock, explaining `I believe that sooner or later phylloxera will make its way to Washington.` Baron`s most recent plantings of up to 4,840 vines per acre are, he believes, as high-density as any in North America and are horse-tilled, typically eight times a year. `That`s how to get fruit ripe at lower brix; get unbelievable (tannic) structure; and unlock the gates of terroir,` he opines (offering elucidation I won`t detail on this occasion). Farming biodynamically since 2002, Baron`s approach - which involves 25 full-time staff, one person per hectare - appears as labor-intensive and detail-attentive as I have encountered anywhere in the world. The inaugural, 2011 Syrah from The Tribe - his ultra-densely-planted latest vineyard - is bound to attract intense scrutiny and devotion, and I suppose there is no point in withholding my opinion, based on tasting it from barrel in March and July, that both will be deserved. Another self-described `epiphany` of Baron`s while bicycling into the Blue Mountain foothills in 2004 led to his latest vineyard start-up. `A little heaven,` he calls it - with the Walla Walla River rippling by; pastureland for his beloved vegetables and animals (some participants in biodynamics; some destined for the table); and vertiginous rocky slopes with vines trained to stakes (en echalas), make it the image of Cote Rotie. He unabashedly says he intends to make this `one of America`s jewels in terms of viticulture; that every American wine aficionado knows; and a place I can be proud of. After this, I`ll have nothing to prove.` First crop: next year. I`ll have more to say on another occasion (as well as in certain of my tasting notes in this report) about the approach Baron and Bourcier take in the cellar, but a critical part of the big picture is his announcement that `This year is it: I`ve bought my last barrique` used or new. The result - even with Baron`s wines based on Bordelais cepages - will be a regimen consisting of fermentation in wooden foudre or concrete tank and elevage in 600-liter demi-muids supplemented by foudre. And a trend begun already five or six years ago will continue: toward utilizing decreasing percentages of new oak. `There was a trend - especially in Washington and California - toward all new barrels` from the most fashionable couple of tonneliers, notes Baron, `but what we found out is, the new wood dries out the wine.` (`Well, duh!` would have to be my own smart-ass reply.) `And,` adds Bourcier, `we`ve found that a wine can go quite quickly from well-balanced to overly oaky and drying, which is why we often take them out of barrel early,` i.e. well ahead of bottling. (Notes on Baron`s small-volume project known as No Girls will be found under that name, as it refers to a self-standing winery.)`


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Cayuse Vineyards Syrah Bionic Frog

750mL

Vintage: 2008
Region: US
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley

WA96, ST96
Rated 96 points by Robert Parker`s Wine Advocate: `Thanks to one of my two Washington geological mentors and a good friend of Baron`s - arch-terroirist Kevin Pogue of Walla Walla`s rather remarkable Whitman College - I was treated to my first taste of the Cayuse 2008 Syrah Bionic Frog in March; and was then able to re-taste it with Baron in July. Game larded with bacon and sage practically reaches out from the glass and slaps your nose. Tight and firm on initial entry, among this wine`s more striking evocations are herbal pungency as well as saliva-inducing salinity, soy-like savor, and smoky roast goose pan drippings, but it`s endowed as well with intensely ripe and correspondingly luscious fresh cherry and cassis. As it opens in the glass, remarkable high-toned as well as musky floral essences emerge, as if a distillate of iris, hyacinth and narcissus. This finishes with a superbly mouth-coating persistence, as spice box, forest floor, and wet stone elements add to its many dynamic strands of flavor. I suspect it will be riveting to follow for at least another decade.` -- Reviewed by David SchildknechtAdditional Notes from Robert Parker`s Wine Advocate: `Just as the cobbled soils around Milton-Freewater captivated Champenois Christophe Baron`s imagination on what he calls `a fateful April morning in 1996,` so the 100% estate-bottled wines he has grown in them since have amazed and inspired oenophiles to the extent of creating a veritable cult. `I`m here because of the rocks,` says Baron, who, although he loved the Rhone as much as he did Burgundy, was at the time planning to grow Pinot in the Willamette Valley, `and because I just happened to open a book and show a friend in Walla Walla what vineyards look like in Chateauneuf. ?I know where we have rocks like that,` he told me, and I said: ?Take me there tomorrow!`` `The only way to tell how deep` the striking carpet of stones in his vineyards extends, says Baron `is to go down a well.` Baron - who emphasizes that he is conservative but at the same time scientifically rigorous about when and how much water to drip onto his vines - was one of the few Washington growers I met who spoke about, much less offered some specifics regarding root penetration. `In the summer - after crop-thinning (is done) and the (bird) nets are on, we get bored, so we rent a backhoe and we dig holes. And by the third leaf (i.e. year) the roots are already ten feet down.` Laura Pursley - who assists Baron in the vineyards (her fellow `assistant vigneronne` and counterpart in the `wine studio` - Baron`s name for his facility - is Elizabeth Bourcier) - notes that `opposite to what you`d think, it`s our sites with the highest clay content, with a bit more soil and less rock, that dry-out soonest.` From the inception of Cayuse, Baron commenced the painstaking work of generating his own vine selection from the clonally monotonous Syrah and Grenache material then available. From 2000 on, he has been taking advantage of the new diversity of clones available stateside and begun grafting these onto rootstock, explaining `I believe that sooner or later phylloxera will make its way to Washington.` Baron`s most recent plantings of up to 4,840 vines per acre are, he believes, as high-density as any in North America and are horse-tilled, typically eight times a year. `That`s how to get fruit ripe at lower brix; get unbelievable (tannic) structure; and unlock the gates of terroir,` he opines (offering elucidation I won`t detail on this occasion). Farming biodynamically since 2002, Baron`s approach - which involves 25 full-time staff, one person per hectare - appears as labor-intensive and detail-attentive as I have encountered anywhere in the world. The inaugural, 2011 Syrah from The Tribe - his ultra-densely-planted latest vineyard - is bound to attract intense scrutiny and devotion, and I suppose there is no point in withholding my opinion, based on tasting it from barrel in March and July, that both will be deserved. Another self-described `epiphany` of Baron`s while bicycling into the Blue Mountain foothills in 2004 led to his latest vineyard start-up. `A little heaven,` he calls it - with the Walla Walla River rippling by; pastureland for his beloved vegetables and animals (some participants in biodynamics; some destined for the table); and vertiginous rocky slopes with vines trained to stakes (en echalas), make it the image of Cote Rotie. He unabashedly says he intends to make this `one of America`s jewels in terms of viticulture; that every American wine aficionado knows; and a place I can be proud of. After this, I`ll have nothing to prove.` First crop: next year. I`ll have more to say on another occasion (as well as in certain of my tasting notes in this report) about the approach Baron and Bourcier take in the cellar, but a critical part of the big picture is his announcement that `This year is it: I`ve bought my last barrique` used or new. The result - even with Baron`s wines based on Bordelais cepages - will be a regimen consisting of fermentation in wooden foudre or concrete tank and elevage in 600-liter demi-muids supplemented by foudre. And a trend begun already five or six years ago will continue: toward utilizing decreasing percentages of new oak. `There was a trend - especially in Washington and California - toward all new barrels` from the most fashionable couple of tonneliers, notes Baron, `but what we found out is, the new wood dries out the wine.` (`Well, duh!` would have to be my own smart-ass reply.) `And,` adds Bourcier, `we`ve found that a wine can go quite quickly from well-balanced to overly oaky and drying, which is why we often take them out of barrel early,` i.e. well ahead of bottling. (Notes on Baron`s small-volume project known as No Girls will be found under that name, as it refers to a self-standing winery.)`


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