Cayuse Vineyards Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley Syrah 2012

$259

...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...will knock your socks off over the following 15 years or more. eRobertParker.com

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Ratings on Delectable

Izek Jasper Delectable Pro

2012

2012

9.3

Darin Kendrick Delectable Pro

A baby. Funk for sure but this one is tolerable to me (others not)

A baby. Funk for sure but this one is tolerable to me (others not)

9.1

Boxer Briefs Delectable Pro

"Let's play the what do you smell game." "Craziness, Iron'y leather, not any fruit, well water iron, metallic, insta-headache, I don't know..." "Palate is stewed fruit, or dried, is this tannin-less Syrah? Wtf is this? "Dude, you don't have to be fancy about it" "This is the most expensive bottle I've opened all month. Please let me go through the pomp and circumstance."

"Let's play the what do you smell game." "Craziness, Iron'y leather, not any fruit, well water iron, metallic, insta-headache, I don't know..." "Palate is stewed fruit, or dried, is this tannin-less Syrah? Wtf is this? "Dude, you don't have to be fancy about it" "This is the most expensive bottle I've opened all month. Please let me go through the pomp and circumstance."

Sarah Milsow-Guenther

One of the best vintages. Decanted for an hour, it just got better. Fantastic with steak, it added a smokiness to it. Love funk on the nose. Such a BIG wine. Edit: not good the second day (only had a tiny bit left but still)

One of the best vintages. Decanted for an hour, it just got better. Fantastic with steak, it added a smokiness to it. Love funk on the nose. Such a BIG wine. Edit: not good the second day (only had a tiny bit left but still)

9.5

Tom Garland

Aaahhh the Frog (took 2 lifetime's plus 15 years to get a 3 btl allocation). 1 hour decant. A formidable inky deep purple. On the nose: plum, earthy, dark cherry, smoke, some of that Cayuse funk. Taste: ...dark cherry, minerals, iron, raspberry, spicy smoked meat.....full body and dense with fine tannins and a nice long finish. Wow.

Aaahhh the Frog (took 2 lifetime's plus 15 years to get a 3 btl allocation). 1 hour decant. A formidable inky deep purple. On the nose: plum, earthy, dark cherry, smoke, some of that Cayuse funk. Taste: ...dark cherry, minerals, iron, raspberry, spicy smoked meat.....full body and dense with fine tannins and a nice long finish. Wow.

9.5

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Mmm, the stink is on! Love the nose on the Washington Syrah’s, this is probably the best I’ve had, so stinky but so smooth!

Mmm, the stink is on! Love the nose on the Washington Syrah’s, this is probably the best I’ve had, so stinky but so smooth!

9.9

Roman Sukley

2012 Cayuse "Bionic Frog" Walla Walla Valley Syrah. In honor of my finally having made the grade to be blessed to receive a Frog allocation from Mr. Baron, I thought I’d celebrate by pulling the cork on this beast which was gifted to me by the most generous and revered wine Connoisseur, the man with the palate I so very much respect, the Rake of the Left Coast, the right honorable Mr. Bill Bender (@Bill Bender) First off, I find the Bionic Frog in general to be one of the most hedonistic, completely over the top and playful expressions of Syrah on the planet which of course, places it squarely in my wheelhouse. Still the most unique wine in the Cayuse lineup, and arguably one of the most sought after Syrah’s around. And now on to this vintage in particular, which none other than the esteemed Jeb Dunnuck(the one reviewer who I find to have a palate most closely aligned with my own) described with the enticing phrase “flirts with perfection.” Opaque, impenetrable ink blue in the stem. Wild, typical stoney Cayuse aromatics of black olives, bacon fat and dark fruits with notes of violets and lavender. A combination savory/sweet palate with olive tapenade, mushrooms and tar combined with sweet black plums and blueberry compote. Super rich, lush mouth feel. Dense concentration. Amazingly pleasing salinity on the lengthy finish. A full-throttle Porsche Cup Car lap of Road America, complete with The Kink, wine experience. (A track day we need to reprise soon Chuck). Sensory overload in the best way possible! The Frog knows!

2012 Cayuse "Bionic Frog" Walla Walla Valley Syrah. In honor of my finally having made the grade to be blessed to receive a Frog allocation from Mr. Baron, I thought I’d celebrate by pulling the cork on this beast which was gifted to me by the most generous and revered wine Connoisseur, the man with the palate I so very much respect, the Rake of the Left Coast, the right honorable Mr. Bill Bender (@Bill Bender) First off, I find the Bionic Frog in general to be one of the most hedonistic, completely over the top and playful expressions of Syrah on the planet which of course, places it squarely in my wheelhouse. Still the most unique wine in the Cayuse lineup, and arguably one of the most sought after Syrah’s around. And now on to this vintage in particular, which none other than the esteemed Jeb Dunnuck(the one reviewer who I find to have a palate most closely aligned with my own) described with the enticing phrase “flirts with perfection.” Opaque, impenetrable ink blue in the stem. Wild, typical stoney Cayuse aromatics of black olives, bacon fat and dark fruits with notes of violets and lavender. A combination savory/sweet palate with olive tapenade, mushrooms and tar combined with sweet black plums and blueberry compote. Super rich, lush mouth feel. Dense concentration. Amazingly pleasing salinity on the lengthy finish. A full-throttle Porsche Cup Car lap of Road America, complete with The Kink, wine experience. (A track day we need to reprise soon Chuck). Sensory overload in the best way possible! The Frog knows!

9.9

Neil Shah

Just the best

Just the best

9.5

Byongwook Koh

Wow!!! Must try it!!

Wow!!! Must try it!!

9.5

Rick K

2012

2012

9.5

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.