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Cayuse

Cayuse, in Walla Walla Valley, was founded in 1997 by Christophe Baron, a native of France. He grew up in a family of vignerons in Champagne and could have had a life making elegant Champagnes. Instead, Baron today is known as a brash trailblazer with an instinct for undiscovered terroir and a talent for producing big, delicious Syrahs. Baron studied viticulture in Burgundy and Champagne, and had ambitions to make Pinot Noir in Oregon. But on a trip to the U.S. in the late 1990s he happened to stop in Walla Walla, where south of the city he discovered property he believed would be perfect for growing grapes. The dry soil was partly composed of rocks the size of potatoes, and it reminded Baron of Châteauneuf -du-Pape. Though there had been no vineyards in the area since 1956, Baron purchased land and planted vineyards. He now owns 60 acres in what recently became Washington’s newest AVA, the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater. Baron grows mostly Syrah, along with some Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Tempranillo and Viognier. Baron is an advocate of biodynamic, or chemical-free agriculture, and Cayuse is biodynamic. Cayuse’s signature wines are Syrahs, which often come with fanciful names, such as Bionic Frog Syrah, and outstanding ratings. Cayuse Syrahs are considered among the most collectible Washington wines. Baron also is involved with several other unorthodox winemaking ventures in Washington. He owns Horsepower, a Walla Walla estate where he uses Belgian draft horses instead of tractors, and he is one of the owners of No Girls Wines, which is a collaboration between Baron and some of his Cayuse employees. The name No Girls comes from a hand-painted sign found on the side of an historic building that Baron and his partners acquired in downtown Walla Walla. The building was once home to a brothel, but the sign went up to signal the end of that era.

2018 Cayuse Armada Syrah

Elevated cork

WA  96+    

2017 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

JD  99   
WA  95+    
ST  94   
WE  94   

2018 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

JD  98   
JS  97   
WA  96   
VN  94   
WE  94   
3 available
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2018 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

JD  98   
JS  97   
WA  96   
VN  94   
WE  94   

2019 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

JS  96   
JD  96   
WA  94+    
2 available
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2009 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

WS  94   
2 available
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2014 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

WA  96-98   

2016 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

JD  97-100   
3 available
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2017 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

RP  98   
JD  98   
3 available
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2017 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

RP  98   
JD  98   
2 available
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2020 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

8 available
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2020 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

3 available
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2020 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

2 available
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2014 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Syrah

WA  100   

2020 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Syrah

2 available
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2020 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Syrah

2017 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Viognier

JD  95   
WA  93   
WE  93   
5 available
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2005 Cayuse Camaspelo

WA  94   
ST  91   

2009 Cayuse Camaspelo

WS  92   
3 available
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2010 Cayuse Camaspelo

WS  93   
2 available
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2011 Cayuse Camaspelo

WA  95-97   
2 available
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2012 Cayuse Camaspelo

Lightly elevated cork

WA  94-97   
WS  93   
2 available
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2017 Cayuse Camaspelo

JD  95   
ST  94   
WA  93   
JS  93   
WE  93   
WS  92   

2018 Cayuse Camaspelo

WA  94   
2 available
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2018 Cayuse Camaspelo

WA  94   
2 available
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