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Hors Categorie, Walla Walla Valley, USA 2020


Christophe Baron, Vigneron

It’s a well-known story, how in 1997 Christophe Baron, founder and vigneron of Cayuse Vineyards, planted his first vines in a field of stones because it reminded him of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in France. In the process, he almost single-handedly brought the world’s attention to the potential of Syrah grown in the Walla Walla Valley.

His discovery of the Hors Catégorie Vineyard site in 2005 unfolded in a similarly serendipitous way. Looking just a few miles east and up-stream from that ancient stony river bed, Christophe saw a steep hillside he found eerily reminiscent of Hermitage, the legendary appellation in France’s Northern Rhone.

Once again defying conventional wisdom, he invested enormous time and expense in clearing and planting the two and a half-acre vineyard, stubbornly believing it to be “an American jewel.” Today, whether seen on a stark winter day or in the vibrance of the growing season, Hors Catégorie defies all description—appropriately, the name means “beyond categorization” or “in a class of its own” in French.

“Tasting like a young Hermitage La Chappelle from Jaboulet (from a great vintage).” —Jeb Dunnuck

Jeremy Young, International Wine Report 100 points

Owen Bargreen, owenbargreen.com 100 points

Antonio Galloni 98 points

Jeb Dunnuck 97 points


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Regular price $295.00
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