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2010 Cayuse The Lovers

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

...Really showing Syrah character, with loads of blackberry, smoked meat, spice, chocolate and mineral aromas and flavors, it flows onto the palate with a full-bodied, mouth-filling and supple texture...

93Stephen Tanzer

...Good bright, deep red. Dark cherry, plum and redcurrant on the nose, complicated by leather, smoke and game; smells like a Bordeaux from the '60s. Silky, round, plush and deep but with terrific lift...

REGION

United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla Valley AVA likes to call itself the Napa Valley of Washington, and given the concentration of well-reviewed wineries in the appellation, the comparison is understandable. The Walla Walla appellation is comprised of 340,000 acres, of which 1,200 acres are vineyards. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington and it extends slightly into northeastern Oregon. It is named after the Walla Walla River Valley, and the city of Walla Walla is the commercial center of Washington’s wine industry. The city was founded in the 1840s by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a trading post, but as early as the 1850s farmers were planting grapes for winemaking. Prohibition shuttered winemaking in the early 20th century, but a winemaking renaissance started in the 1970s when Leonetti Cellars, still one of the state’s most acclaimed wineries, started producing acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla’s AVA status was awarded in 1984 and today there are more than 100 wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape, followed by Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese Chardonnay and Viognier.