The 2015 Cayuse Armada Vineyard Syrah is an absolutely spectacular effort from this warm vintage. First planted in 2001, the Armada Vineyard has evolved to be truly one of the top vineyards in the state. The Syrah begins with wonderfully perfumed aromatics of tar, umami, black olive tapenade, smoked brisket, and peat moss that slowly build in the glass. The acidity instantly strikes you, as the palate shows vivid flavors of meat, wild mushroom, peat moss, umami, blood orange rind and suggestions of Asian spices. Silky smooth through the mid-palate, this stunning wine continues to impress until the very end, as the mouth-watering acidity offer a wonderful sense of freshness. This beautiful effort from the utterly talented vigneron team of Christophe Baron and Elizabeth Bourcier should cellar well for the next decade or more.