2012 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Cayuse, Walla Walla Valley, Washington, USA
|Appellation||Walla Walla Valley|
|Duty Status||In Bond|
|Provenance||Purchased by Liquid Assets from a US-based merchant; directly imported into the UK by Liquid Assets; securely stored in a climate-controlled bonded facility|
|Stock||3 cases (in stock and available immediately)|
99 Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate (June 2015)
While a lot of the 2012s came in near the bottom of the barrel score, that wasn't the case with the 2012 Syrah Bionic Frog and this beauty flirts with perfection. Inky colored and purple to the rim, it offers extraordinary notes of black fruits, wild mushrooms, smoked earth and salty minerality. These all flow to a full-bodied, thrillingly concentrated, focused, structured and lengthy 2012 that needs 4-5 years of cellaring, and will knock your socks off over the following 15 years or more.
96 Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (November 2015)
Good dark red-ruby. Wonderfully pure, perfumed scents of dark raspberry, mocha, mustard seed and bacon fat. Fleshy, sweet and deep, with soil-driven salinity adding another dimension to the flavors of raspberry, smoked meat and flowers. Between the wine's palate-saturating fruit and full tannin coverage, the echoing finish is inexorable. Baron used to use "magic casks" purchased from Dominique Laurent in Nuits-Saint-Georges but now ages this wine in foudres.