Cayuse Camaspelo 2019
|United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley
Based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2019 Camaspelo has a Graves-like nose of both red and black currants as well as scorched earth, tobacco, sandalwood, and lead pencil shavings. Straight-up gorgeous on the palate as well, it's medium to full-bodied, has a seamless, elegant mouthfeel, terrific mid-palate density, and a great finish. It already offers pleasure today given its fruit and texture, yet it's going to cruise in cold cellars for 25-30 years. This is brilliant juice and up with the finest vintages I've tasted.
The 2019 Camaspelo is dark and inward, taking a good amount of coaxing to unlock its bouquet of dusty florals, dried herbs, hints of cacao powder and mineral stone. This is velvety in texture yet medium-bodied, with creamy depths of red and black fruit complemented by exotic spice and hints of Baker's chocolate. Sweet herbal tones and licorice are left to linger, as a gentle pull of fine-grained tannins frames the style quite well. The Camaspelo veers toward opulence yet maintains a wonderful balance, and it should mature beautifully over the next decade or more. The Camaspelo is primarily Cabernets with a dollop of Merlot.
A dynamic red, with vibrant red and black currant flavors that interplay with zesty pepper, savory herb and stony mineral accents, building toward refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo. Drink now through 2031. 396 cases made.
Aromas of dried herb are out front, followed by crushed flower, chocolate, whole green pepper and currant. Pillowy soft flavors follow. There's plenty of sophistication and detail. An extended finish caps it off.