K Vintners El Jefe 2009

Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Washington

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Item No. 113165
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP93
  • ST92
  • WS91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine is boss! Bloody and earthy with raw leather and sun roasted tomato. Super savory...paella please.

80% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Critical Acclaim

"Grown in one of the sites made famous by Christophe Baron, Charles Smith’s 2009 El Jefe En Chamberlin is comprised of Tempranillo co-fermented with 34% Cabernet Sauvignon. Lusciously brimming with juicy blackberry, elderberry and cassis, the smoky Tempranillo typicity here encompasses both ends of the cigar: rich, resinous, toasty and juicy on the one hand and ashen on the other. Here’s one of those instances where you swear you’re licking stones in the finish, an impression that only serves to broadcast the wine’s abundance of juicy dark berry fruit. Vibrant and for all of its density and metaphoric darkness downright refreshing in a way I can recall from few Tempranillos, this ought to be fascinating to follow and to employ (cautiously!) at table over at least the better part of a decade."
93 Points

" Good full red. Complex nose melds redcurrant, mocha, licorice, camphor and crushed stone. Supple and nicely concentrated, offering a glyceral, fleshy texture without any heaviness. This nicely structured blend finishes with good grip. "
92 Points

"Generous, round and focused, with blackberry and black olive flavors pushing through a veil of mildly gritty tannins. This has a deft balance that lets the flavors emerge smoothly. Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2016. 135 cases made."
91 Points

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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 Other Red Blends

Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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