K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This is the inaugural release of "The Hidden" Syrah. This co-ferment of four Syrah clones makes for one complex wine. 27 months in barrels and raring to go. It is gamey, bloody (think fresh meat) and has forest floor, anise and sassafras. If that is not enough, all of that is enclosed in a skin of wild blackberry. This wine is powerful and will age forever. Totally Killer...
"From Northridge Vineyard grapes, this mix of four clones spent more than two years in barrel. Tremendous depth and complexity are apparent on the nose, and there is no let-down on the palate. It’s a seriously powerful wine, with muscle and magic. It opens generously into beautifully integrated layers of ripe fruit, confection, candied rind, cacao and a finishing touch of minerality. Editors' Choice."
"Offers freshness, purity and depth in a sleek package, with rose petal accents to the ripe blackberry, dark plum and brioche aromas and flavors. Lingers with deftness on the finish."
"Deep bright ruby-red. Strong sweet red cherry is complicated by spices, rare steak and licorice on the nose and palate. Densely packed and very intense syrah with the power and freshness to age. Noble tannins are lush and sweet but serious. Definitely a site, and a wine, to watch.
Rating: 92(+?) "
International Wine Cellar
"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 didn’t 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."
The Wine Advocate
- 8/16/2013 (11 items) (viewed 55 times)
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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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