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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.

2010 Cayuse Armada Syrah

WA  97   
WS  93   

2011 Cayuse Armada Syrah

WA  97   

2012 Cayuse Armada Syrah

WA  96   
WS  94+    

2013 Cayuse Armada Syrah

ST  95+    
WA  94-96+    

2014 Cayuse Armada Syrah

WA  99+    
2 available
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2015 Cayuse Armada Syrah

WA  97   
JD  96   
WS  91   
ST  91+    

2016 Cayuse Armada Syrah

WA  98   
JD  98+    
WE  96   
ST  95   
WS  93   

2017 Cayuse Armada Syrah

WA  97   
JD  97+    
JS  95   

2010 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

WA  93   
ST  93   
WS  91   
4 available
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2011 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

WA  96   
WS  95   
VN  93   

2012 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

WA  96   
WS  93   
RP  92+    

2013 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

WA  94   
ST  93+    

2014 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

WA  97   

2015 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

WA  97   
VN  94   
JD  94   
WS  93   

2016 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

JD  96   
WA  95+    
JS  95   
WS  94   
ST  94   

2017 Cayuse Armada Vineyard God Only Knows

JD  99   
WA  95+    
ST  94   
WE  94   

2019 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

4 available
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2019 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

3 available
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2019 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

2 available
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2019 Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah

3-bottle Lot

2010 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Syrah

WS  95   

2011 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Syrah

Light label condition issue

WA  95-98   
WS  93   

2014 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Syrah

WA  100   

2016 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Syrah

JD  97-99   

2017 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Syrah