K Vintners Cougar Hills Syrah 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Cured meat, game, and warm earth. Fresh violets, sea salt, oyster shells. Absolutely Killer!….THE BIG CAT IS BACK!
"From a higher-altitude section than informed the corresponding Syrah nicknamed "The Beautiful,
K Vintners' 2009 Syrah Cougar Hills is scented with cassis, black raspberry, hickory smoke, black tea, juniper berry, walnut oil and black olive, making for a dramatically different impression than that conveyed by any of the other wines in this line-up including the aforementioned "Beautiful" sourced from the same vineyard. Suggestions of salt, alkali, peat, chalk and iodine, though, are familiar refrains by now, and help convey intrigue as well as mouthwatering savor to the long finish of this firm, dense, but persistently juicy Syrah. I began imagining that a bit of Tempranillo got loose in here – then I wondered whether the ashen notes were mere power of suggestion given the signature feature of this volcanic site. This formidably complex and concentrated libation – which gained in clarity and textural refinement overnight – ought to be worth following for at least a decade."
The Wine Advocate
"Rich, complex, powerful and compelling, densely packed with ripe blackberry, black cherry, licorice and tar flavors that keep pumping through the rock-solid finish. Best from 2014 through 2020."
Learn About K Vintners
Located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla Washington, K Vintners opened its doors to the public on December 3rd, 2001. The property at 820 Mill Creek Road where the winery sits was homesteaded in 1853 with the adjacent farmhouse built in 1872. The winery grounds with Titus Creek flowing through the lawn and the old pioneer planted trees, is a little slice of...
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Learn About Walla Walla Valley
So nice, they say it twice...
Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah.
In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was...
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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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