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{ } 71 Points and tasting notes were provided by the following committee: • Anthony Dias Blue, host • Paul Sherman, sommelier and adjunct wine educator for UCLA Extension • Mary Thompson, sommelier and General Manager at Tal - lula's in Santa Monica, CA • Influencer Olivera Markovic of The Bellini Buzz • Albert Letizia, sommelier and SOMM Journal contributor Cayuse 2007 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah ($200±): 95 points "Smooth, lush, meaty, and earthy. Youthful with no oxidation or degradation. I'm blown away by this stunning wine." —Anthony Dias Blue "Bodybuilder in a velvet suit." —Mary Thompson "Barnyard on the nose with intense, charred red meat and iodine on both the nose and palate. Very powerful and highly concentrated. This is a big wine that doesn't drink like an 11-year- old bottle." —Albert Letizia Cayuse 2008 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah ($170±): 93 points "Silky and juicy with red raspberry. Lean, tangy, rich, and deep; lively yet intense with a spicy, long finish. Very linear." —A.D.B. "Pretty, lush red fruit shows with the classic black and blue fruits. Black pepper, smoked meats, clay, and mushroom flavors." —Paul Sherman "Stewed blackberry and plum take the lead on the palate. The strength of this is subdued in contrast to the '07. It is softer and silky but still has great structure." —M.T. Cayuse 2009 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah ($170±): 97 points "Deep ruby with rich black fruit and a touch of heat on the nose. Luscious texture with black pepper, cassis, and cocoa on the palate. Very long finish with elegant tannic structure. Amazing example of what Syrah can be." —M.T. "Ripe, cherry fruit; slightly tangy with bright acidity. Very well-balanced. The wine has a feminine touch with hints of dark chocolate and licorice." —Olivera Markovic Cayuse 2010 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah ($200±): 100 points "Rich, fruity, and very pretty with a long, tangy finish of black raspberry. Very juicy and minerally. Brilliant, smooth, and clean." —A.D.B. "Blackberry fruit; juicy and fruity with bright acidity. Complex and well-balanced with hints of leather, spice, and black pepper." —O.M. "Seems to be the most Rhône-like to me so far in the lineup. Just awesome. Lean and focused but very concentrated with tobacco, black fruit, and stone. Very balanced and delicious." —A.L. Cayuse 2011 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah ($170±): 89 points "Reductive. Spicy but flat. Mushroom and earthy flavors." —A.D.B. "Intensely concentrated plum color with rose-hued edges. It's a little shut-down on the nose and in the mouth." —M.T. "From a cold, wet growing season, which you can taste." —O.M. Cayuse 2012 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah ($150±): 93 points "Stewed black fruits and black pepper with grippy tannins. This is a young and powerful Old World–leaning Syrah that will age well." —P.S. "Intense depth of color with heat. Stewed fruit notes are plum - my, rich, and ripe. Intense, gorgeous, and plush with the promise of continued development." —M.T. Cayuse 2013 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah ($200±): 95 points "Cassis and ripe, complex cherry fruit. A long, pretty wine that's a little jammy and tangy." —O.M. "Lots of minerality and terroir showing but still youthful with great potential to age." —P.S. Cayuse 2014 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah ($200±): 96 points "An elegant and layered wine with a toasted nose. Juicy and tangy with a finish that goes on forever. Stunning". —A.D.B. Our panel reviewed eight consecutive vintages of Cayuse's Caillous Vineyard Syrah at the L.A. home of Anthony Dias Blue.

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