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Weekly Discovery: "The Lovers" by Cayuse Vineyards

December 28th 2024

A great wine with a Frenchie "je ne sais quoi"!!

This is the result when a native of the Champagne region falls in love with a land of cobblestones like that of the southern Rhone valley in the middle of the Walla Walla Valley in Washington State, close to the Canadian border.

Since 1997, Christophe Baron has taken up this extraordinary challenge, and has been producing wines since 2002 with chemical-free, biodynamic agriculture. This wine adventure, which many have decried as a crazy gamble, has been rewarded year after year with accolades by some of the most acclaimed wine critics. The integrity of his wines, and the honesty of his work has been cited as some of the best wines in the nation and in the world.

Deep ruby in color and surprisingly brilliant, "The Lovers" is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Syrah, with an astonishing bouquet of blackcurrant, dried tobacco leaves, graphite, wood pencil, black cherry, and overripe plums. But also, an intoxicating scent of rare wood and new oak. Honestly, with my eyes closed, this wine reminds me of a Pauillac wine from a scorching vintage. With a powerful and frank attack on the palate without any angularity, fine and melted tannins, with aromas of stewed red and black fruits, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and vanilla wood smoke on the gustatory finish.

If this wine has remained for 22 months in a classic Bordeaux blend of 1/3 new oak and 2/3 neutral barrels, it shows that quality and finesse are priceless. Even though it can be kept for a minimum of 15 years before opening it, I advise you to uncork one immediately, carafe (decanted) and rested for one or two hours, it will seduce you like a playboy on the beaches of Saint Tropez.

Happy New year for the last meal of 2023.
$176, 3 available