K Vintners Syrah The Deal Sundance Vineayrd 2018

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Tasting Notes

96 Points – James Suckling

“Some tea-bag and sweet-tobacco character to the dark-fruit and lightly toasted oak character on both the nose an the palate. Full-bodied, chewy and polished with a long flavorful finish. Fine, powedery tannins. Needs time to soften but already very pretty. Drink or hold”

 

95 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

“Currants, savory spices, dried flowers, charcoal, and loamy earth all emerge from the 2018 Syrah The Deal, which comes fr0m the Sundance Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Showing plenty of more savory, earthy notes, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a rounded expansive texture, and ripe, polished tannins. It shows more elegant, streamlined style of the vintage, yet I love its balance. It’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 10-12.”

WINE INFORMATION

Winemaker Charles Smith opened the doors to his first winery, K Vintners, in December 2001. His first vintage was 330 cases of 1999 K Syrah, which he sold out of the back of his 1987 Chevy Astro van. The ’99 K Syrah immediately revealed that he could not only make extraordinary wine but he could make wine that people would remember. On the label was stamped a simple, giant, black on white letter “K,” big enough for anyone to spot across the room. It’s the same iconic and unforgettable black “K” that is used on the wine bottles today.

K Vintners is about small lots of single-vineyard Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and field blends of those grapes, all of which are hand-picked, fermented with naturally occurring yeasts and basket pressed.

The Sundance Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards on the Wahluke Slope, planted in 1997. The site is topsoil over gravel, sand, and broken down basalt with more caliche than other sites in the Wahluke. The vineyard, because of its aspect, is also a later ripening site allowing for great concentration.

The grapes were whole-berry fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts and went through a long 48-day maceration on the skins.  The wine aged in oak barrels for 21 months, 30% new French oak, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.  2018 is considered an exceptional vintage in Washington State for reds.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Grilled preparations, Ham, Hearty stew, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pizza, Pork, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Sausage, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Wild Game

Color/Type:
Red
Origin:
Washington , Wahluke Slope
Grape Varietal:
100% Syrah/Shiraz
Price:
$37.50 each
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