Cayuse Vineyards - 2019 - Cailloux Vineyard Viognier - 750 ml.
Region: Walla Walla Valley
Vintage: 2019 - Size: 750 ml. - Type: WhitePerhaps you’ve heard the almost mythical story, how the brash, young French Vigneron visited the then little-known town called Walla Walla and fell in love with a few acres of seemingly useless, stone-covered farmland. While the nay-sayers nayed, Christophe Baron deftly turned that field of stones into the acclaimed Cayuse Vineyards. And the rest, as they say, is history—and a whole lot of spectacular wine. Cayuse is a Domaine located in the Stones of the Walla Walla Valley. Over the past 20 years, Christophe has made it his mission to craft food-friendly wines of incredible depth, individuality, and character—all from fruit grown entirely using biodynamic farming methods.
Farmed with a biodynamic approach since 2002, the 2019 Viognier Cailloux Vineyard opens to a beautifully expressive nose of peach blossom, baked apples, juicy Bosc pear, cereal grain, honeysuckle and dusty white roses. Medium-bodied, the wine displays an elegant texture with a slightly waxy mouthfeel that’s food-friendly and delightful before showing a kiss of phenolic bitterness across the mid-palate. Concluding with a long-lingering and subtly spiced finish, persistent nuances of jasmine, yellow apple skin and mandarin orange flutter on the aftertaste. —Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Coming from the first Viognier vines planted in Walla Walla Valley in 1997, this wine always captures the distinctiveness of this region of the valley, with plentiful wet stone aromas and flavors. Along with them are notes of white peach and flower. There's ripeness but also deftness, precision, and freshness. A long, long stone fruit and wet stone-filled finish separates this completely enchanting offering. —Sean Sullivan,