"Reminding me of a Northern Rhone Syrah from the Le Meal lieu-dit on Hermitage Hill, the 2013 Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard comes entirely from the Northridge Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, was fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in mostly neutral oak. It offers thrilling notes of black raspberries, toasted bread, caramelized meats and licorice in a full-bodied, ultra-pure, supple, incredibly sexy style. Possessing building, fine tannin, it needs a lengthy decant if drinking anytime soon, but this utterly seamless, perfectly balanced beauty will offer upward of two decades of overall longevity.
These latest releases from Charles Smith check in at the top of the pyramid and are flat out incredible wines that I wish every reader could taste. Readers should also check out the new label, Wines of Substance, which are also included in this report. Going forward, the K Vintners label will be for the Rhone inspired blends, and all Bordeaux blends will be moved to the Wines of Substance label." (WA)
"(from broken basalt and limestone soil at an elevation of 1,150 feet, with a further cooling effect from a nearby apple orchard and its irrigation water): Good dark, fresh red. Strong red fruit lift to the aromas of cherry, licorice and menthol, along with sappy high-pitched spices. A wonderfully perfumed fruit bomb of a Syrah in a distinctly Pinot fashion. Finishes with broad, fine-grained, building tannins." (VM)
Black raspberries, dense earth, toasted brioche and grilled meat. It speaks the language of the vineyard. Powerful and pure… one blockbuster wine!