Charles Smith K Vintners The Deal Syrah Sundance Vineyard 2019
|Region||United States, Washington, Wahluke Slope|
It starts with crushed volcanic rock, black raspberry, mint, and fresh ground espresso, then continues, asking you to explore its complexity with forest floor, black cherry, cedar box, dark soy, and crushed fresh grain.
Sundance Vineyard (100%): One of the oldest vineyards on the Wahluke Slope, planted in 1997. The site is topsoil over gravel, sand, and broken-down basalt with more caliche than other sites in the Wahluke. The vineyard, because of its aspect, is also a later ripening site allowing for great concentration.
Vintage: 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.
Black tea, blackberry, redcurrant, and sage on the nose. Full-bodied with fine, tight tannins. Bright acidity lifts the dark-fruit profile and brings energy and drive to the lengthy palate. Ground spice and dark chocolate turn the experience savory by the end. Well structured. Excellent depth of flavor. Best after 2024.
Vinified in concrete tanks and aged in 31% new French oak barrels, the 100% Syrah 2019 Syrah The Deal offers up a more finesse-driven, seamless style as well as full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and perfumed notes of both red and black fruits as well as some graphite and peppery herb nuances. Beautifully balanced and elegant, with moderate acidity and a terrific finish, it's going to keep for 8-10 years. It's a brilliant value. Best After 2022