K Vintners was the first winery opened by Washington wine personality Charles Smith, founded in 2001 in Walla Walla. Smith grew up in California and famously managed rock bands in Scandinavia for a number of yars before returning to the States to work in the wine industry. In 1999, he settled in the Walla Walla Valley with his first wine being released in 2001. He makes wines from a number or varieties however the Rhone varietals are of note and offered today.
His wines were put in the spotlight by Jeb Dunnuck whilst at The Wine Advocate. Jeb has a lot of experience with Rhone varietals and I think he has a very good palate when it comes to tasting them.
He says regarding K Vintners “One of the highlight tastings I do in Washington State is unquestionably with Charles Smith and Brennon Leighton, who together produce a sensational lineup of Rhône and Bordeaux blends…….All the Rhône blends are not destemmed, see native ferments, and are aged mostly in used French oak. These are the real deal and are brilliant wines.”
I have tried a number of wines over the years and can recommend them. The last bottle a couple of weeks ago, was a bottle of 2013 Cattle King. A lovely wine, drinking well and offered below.
With this in mind, I am pleased to offer the latest release of some of the K vintners wines from the 2015 Vintage. Scores and notes from Jeb (now at Jebdunnuck.com) including 2 wines with 100 points.
12 x 75cl (OCC) 2015 K Vintners Syrah, Cattle King Upland Vineyard @ £875 per case 12 IB
100 points…” Another off the charts effort is the 2015 Syrah Cattle King Upland Vineyard, which is also saturated purple/black in color. Possessing a more backward, yet insanely pure bouquet of crème de cassis, black fruits, smoked earth, graphite, and violets, it’s beautifully concentrated, has no hard edges, thrilling purity, and a gorgeous, layered, awesome, multi-dimensional style. It needs short-term cellaring but is a monumental wine from Washington.”.– Jeb Dunnuck, Jebdunnuck.com. Drinking 2020-2032
12 x 75cl (OCC) 2015 K Vintners Syrah, The Hidden @ £875 per case 12 IB
100 points…” One of the inkier, blacker colored wines in the lineup, the 2015 Syrah The Hidden is a profound Syrah and as good as it gets. Blackcurrants, smoked meats, graphite, and tapenade notes all emerge from this seriously badass, deep, rich, balanced beauty. Concentrated, thick, and huge, yet with no weight on the palate, building tannin, and incredible elegance, it needs to be tasted to be believed. It’s unquestionably one of the greatest Syrah from this team.
“.– Jeb Dunnuck, Jebdunnuck.com. Drinking 2020-2032
12 x 75cl (OCC) 2015 K Vintners Syrah, Klein Vineyard @ £845 per case 12 IB
98 points…” Almost always one of my favorite releases at this address, the 2015 Syrah Klein Vineyard is up with the crème de la crème in the vintage. Plums, candied cherries, violets, lavender, chocolate, and tons of dusty, earthy minerality all emerge from this exotic, singular, full-bodied, effort that has building tannin and a vibrant, rich, textured style. With incredible purity, notable structure, and a lifted, perfumed style, it’s flat-out gorgeous.“.– Jeb Dunnuck, Jebdunnuck.com. Drinking 2020-2032
12 x 75cl (OCC) 2015 K Vintners Syrah, The Beautiful Powerline Vineyard @ £695 per case 12 IB
97 points…” Co-fermented with 4% Viognier, the 2015 Syrah The Beautiful Powerline Vineyard was fermented with plenty of stems and brought up mostly in neutral oak. Candied violets, game, blackcurrants, and incense notes all emerge from this beautiful, seamless beauty. It has a rich, full-bodied profile on the palate as well as a great mid-palate, fine tannin, and nicely integrated acidity. This is another singular, layered, silky beauty from this team. Keep in mind, this comes from very young vines, so I suspect the best is yet to come here, which is saying something at this quality level. “.– Jeb Dunnuck, Jebdunnuck.com. Drinking 2018-2030
Also available some back vintages,
12 x 75cl, (OCC) 2014 K Vintners Syrah, The Deal, Sundance Vineyard @ £500 per case 12 IB (95 JD)
12 x 75cl (OCC) 2014 K Vintners Syrah, Klein Vineyard @ £817 per case 12 IB (96-99 JD)
12 x 75cl, (OCC) 2013 K Vintners Syrah, The Deal, Sundance Vineyard @ £480 per case 12 IB (95 JD)
12 x 75cl (OCC) 2013 K Vintners Syrah, The Hidden @ £817 per case 12 IB (97 JD)
12 x 75cl (OCC) 2013 K Vintners Syrah, Cattle King @ £840 per case 12 IB (98 JD)
Wine is 4-6 weeks delivery. Wines offered subject to remaining unsold. All prices Exclude duty and VAT
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