Cayuse 2005 God Only Knows Grenache
After seeing some of the rave reviews about this wine and then trying it for myself over dinner recently, I could not help but think, "God only knows what the fuss is all about..." or maybe it's better put "God only knows how anyone could claim to taste anything but alcohol..."
I am a big fan of grenache and have enjoyed many a Washington rendition of this variety. But I just don't get it with Christophe Baron's version, the God Only Knows 2005 Grenache Cayuse Vinyeards.
At 14.7%, this wine packs a bunch beyond that delivered to one's brain stem. In the glass, this deep purple concoction is highly volatile, with the alcohol overwhelming any fruit or other notes that might normally be present with this variety.
On the palate, the Cayuse grenache was much of the same: a lot of heat without much of anything left to enjoy. Even my friend, who opened this bottle with a lamb dinner he and his wife hosted, was disappointed. In fact, he's gotten to a point where the high octane nature of Cayuse wines are starting to turn him off and making him reconsider his standing on the Cayuse futures list.
I could only tolerate a few sips before moving on to something else in our line up that evening (which included an intriguing Morrison Lane 2005 Cinsault Walla Walla Valley). For extra measure, I even tried another glass the next night with a steak dinner, but to no avail. This wine just did not measure up. Not my style in grenache, be it Washington, French, Spanish, or otherwise.
God only knows the details on how this wine was made for there are no winemaker notes to be found on the single web page that is Cayuse Vineyards. God only knows how a wine like this can receive such a reception. God only knows...
Cayuse Vineyards Web Page
Washington Wine Guy's Review