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K Vintners Syrah the Hidden 2014

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Having spent 27 months in barrel K Vintners 2009 Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard from the Wahluke Slope might be taken as a test case and directional marker for the longer elevage that is going to become K Vintners norm. But I am not ready to extrapolate too boldly from a single slight disappointment especially on the basis of one early assessment. Scents of bacon fat I have good reason to believe can be traced to the brand and toasting of barrels used (40% of which were new) as much as to inherent Syrah character. Soy red licorice mocha and suggestions of fresh sour and dried cherries point toward the complexity but also engender a somewhat sweet-tart bifurcation that emerges on the palate. There is a slight bit of gum-numbing from the tannin (which didnt dissipate open overnight). Credit this with intense flavor interest and sheer persistence even despite some drying but tentatively it strikes me that the time in barrel here was too long for optimum expressiveness not to mention fruit retention. If the present showing turns out from a short term perspective to have been a weak phase then one will be able to intelligently speculate on its potential longevity at that time. - David Schildknecht Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.

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Charles Smith:
First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically ether simple, ... Read more
First there was K Vintners, then the Magnificent Wine Company and now winemaker Charles Smith brings you his latest revelation. Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project is a response to how people generally consume wine today, that is immediately…as in immediately after being purchased at a market, restaurant or bar, to be drunk straight away. Wine in this category is typically ether simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. ‘Modernist Project’ wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin. Owner-winemaker Charles Smith with his big hair, kick ass attitude and bold packaging arrived in the Walla Walla Valley following eleven years in Scandinavia managing rock bands. Originally hailing from northern California, he has been involved with wine personally and professionally his entire life. Read less

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Vintage: 2009 11/14/2013

Having spent 27 months in barrel K Vintners 2009 Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard from the Wahluke Slope might be taken as a test case and directional marker for the longer elevage that is going to become K Vintners norm. But I am not ready to extrapolate too boldly from a single slight disappointment especially on the basis of one early assessment. Scents of bacon fat I have good reason to believe can be traced to the brand and toasting of barrels used (40% of which were new) as much as to inherent Syrah character. Soy red licorice mocha and suggestions of fresh sour and dried cherries point toward the complexity but also engender a somewhat sweet-tart bifurcation that emerges on the palate. There is a slight bit of gum-numbing from the tannin (which didnt dissipate open overnight). Credit this with intense flavor interest and sheer persistence even despite some drying but tentatively it strikes me that the time in barrel here was too long for optimum expressiveness not to mention fruit retention. If the present showing turns out from a short term perspective to have been a weak phase then one will be able to intelligently speculate on its potential longevity at that time. - David Schildknecht Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.




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