K Vintners El Jefe 2009 Front Label
K Vintners El Jefe 2009 Front Label

K Vintners El Jefe 2009

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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

80% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
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.
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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 heartland Americana.

The Winemaker: He loves to drink wine! Charles Smith, proprietor and winemaker, comes to Walla Walla after 11 years in Scandanavia. Originally from northern California, he has been involved with wine personally and professionally his whole life. And did we forget to mention... he loves to drink wine!

The Vineyards: K Vintners is producing wines from 2 distinctive viticultural zones: Wahluke Slope and Walla Walla Valley. Each of these areas are unique and awesome for Syrah and the Field Blends produced.

In April '02 two seperate blocks of vineyards were planted to Syrah adjacent to the winery in the rocky dry creek beds that run through K Vintners property.

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Responsible for some of Washington’s most highly acclaimed wines, the Walla Walla Valley has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years and is home to both historic wineries and younger, up-and-coming producers.

The Walla Walla Valley, a Native American name meaning “many waters,” is located in southeastern Washington; part of the appellation actually extends into Oregon. Soils here are well-drained, sandy loess over Missoula Flood deposits and fractured basalt.

It is a region perfectly suited to Rhône-inspired Syrahs, distinguished by savory notes of red berry, black olive, smoke and fresh earth. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot create a range of styles from smooth and supple to robust and well-structured. White varieties are rare but some producers blend Sauvignon Blanc with Sémillon, resulting in a rich and round style, and plantings of Viognier, while minimal, are often quite successful.

Of note within Walla Walla, is one new and very peculiar appellation, called the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater. This is the only AVA in the U.S. whose boundaries are totally defined by the soil type. Soils here look a bit like those in the acclaimed Rhône region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but are large, ancient, basalt cobblestones. These stones work in the same way as they do in Chateauneuf, absorbing and then radiating the sun's heat up to enhance the ripening of grape clusters. The Rocks District is within the part of Walla Walla that spills over into Oregon and naturally excels in the production of Rhône varieties like Syrah, as well as the Bordeaux varieties.

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Notoriously food-friendly, long-lasting and Spain’s most widely planted grape, Tempranillo is the star variety of red wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero. The Rioja terms Joven, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva indicate both barrel and bottle time before release. Traditionally blended in Rioja with Garnacha, plus a bit of Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, the Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero typically stands alone. Somm Secret—Tempranillo claims many different names depending on location. In Penedès, it is called Ull de Llebre and in Valdepeñas, goes by Cencibel. Known as Tinta Roriz in Portugal, Tempranillo plays an important role in Port.

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