CAY-125

Syrah, ‘Sur Echalas Vyd’, Horsepower

At Christophe Baron’s family vineyards in the Champagne region of France, it wasn’t until 1957 that his grandfather’s last horse was finally retired. His name was Bijou, which means “jewel” in French, and his legacy has been reborn at Horsepower.

With Cayuse Vineyards, Baron was not only the first vigneron in the Walla Walla Valley to fully implement biodynamic farming practices, but also the first to use horses for cultivation. Zeppo arrived in 2008, and Red followed a year later. They cultivate tightly spaced, 19th century-style vineyards that only they can navigate, using specialized farming equipment created by a blacksmith in Burgundy, France.

The Sur Echalas Vineyard is 2 acres of Syrah and Grenache. With 3-foot by 3-foot spacing and 4,840 vines per acre, this is the highest density planting in the Walla Walla Valley, and one of the highest in North America.

Producer:
Vintage:
2014
Country:
USA
Region:
Washington
Appellation:
Walla Walla
Variety:
Syrah
Color:
Red
Case Pack:
3
Bottle Size:
750
Farming Practice:
Practicing Biodynamic

Tasting Notes

Complex, savory, mineral-laced style to go with a complex bouquet of ground herbs, pepper, beef blood, dried flower and cured meats. This is a full-bodied Syrah that has considerable mid-palate density, fine tannin and good overall freshness.  It needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will drink well for 15 years or more. –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

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Press & Reviews

Spectator

Score:
93
Date:
2017-07-31