Charles Smith K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah Powerline Estate Vineyard 2019
|United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley
Refined, classy, and composed. Robust, dignified, and defined. Black plum, blueberry, coffee, and wet earth, revealing sage, black tea, grapefruit rind, and a savory subtle balance. Mmmm, beautiful!
Powerline Estate Vineyard (100%): Charles planted the 38-acre estate vineyard in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley, located over 1200 feet in elevation. The soils are well-drained with cobblestone river rocks and underlying layers of sand and gravel deposits, allowing vines to develop very deep and strong roots. The deep sand and silt below the stones bring a great purity to the grapes, while high elevations keep acids high, producing very well-balanced wines with remarkable complex characters.
Vintage Notes: The 2019 vintage was on the cooler side as it started slow with a later-than-usual bud break and continued to be fairly moderate throughout the year. Some vineyards had issues with an October freeze a bit earlier than usual, but our high-elevation vineyards have great air drainage which allows us to extend the growing season late into October without freeze. This yielded fantastic ripening and some awesome wines with incredible balance and character. Overall, we are excited about the wine produced in 2019, which has brought us more finesse, incredible flavors, and a lovely balance.
Blend: 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier
Such a pretty nose of cooking spice, red and black cherries, and dried garden herbs. Full-bodied with excellent depth and nuance. Silky tannins. Whole black pepper and spiced cherry make the palate hum. There is a deft hand at work here. There is so much exciting energy to the ripe, balanced fruit. This is showing well now but can age easily for the next 10-15 years. Drink or hold.
The 2019 Syrah The Beautiful comes from the Powerline Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley and is 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier that saw 50% new French oak. It's another classic, slightly Northern Rhône-like effort offering darker cherry and currant fruits as well as some iron, tapenade, and peppery herb aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, concentrated, and seamless, it has ripe tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and outstanding length.
Shows expression and verve, with blackberry and stony mineral aromas and impressively structured roasted meat, plum and espresso flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 1,054 cases made.
This wine's crushed herb, mineral and blackberry aromas lead to intensely rich, full-bodied black fruit and smoked meat flavors. It's big and bold and ready for steak.