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Taking it up a notch, we have opened the Cayuse 2003 Armada.

Wine Spectator says:

Firm in texture, with chewy tannins that cover an earthy range of flavors, showing only modest levels of plum as the finish tightens up. Best after 2008. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 192 cases made. –HS

Wine Advocate says:

Baron’s last Syrah is the 2003 Syrah “Armada Vineyard” which spent 2.5 years in puncheons obtained from Cote-Rotie’s Rene Rostaing. The Armada Vineyard is the most densely planted in the Walla Walla AVA. The wine itself is beautifully perfumed, plush, super-rich, with layers of sweet black and blue fruits. This Syrah is at a level of quality achieved only by Sine Qua Non and Alban in the United States, by Chris Ringland in the Barossa, and by Guigal and Chave in the northern Rhone.

Wine Spectator rating? 83 points. Wine Advocate rating? 99 points.

I will get my notes up on this wine in the future.

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