Charles Smith King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard 2018
|Region||United States, Washington, Columbia Valley|
Native yeast, 100% whole berry fermentation (Cabernet Sauvignon), 100% whole cluster fermentation (Syrah), 53 days on skins, 58% new French oak barriques, 22 months barrel-aged on lees.
Earthy with a capital E. Dark and brooding. Aromas of currants, mint and cedar with flowers and spices. Full-bodied with firm, polished tannins delivering red and black fruit in a mélange of sarsaparilla stick, black licorice, and crushed velvet, hazelnut and chocolate undertones. A beautiful silky texture that caresses the palate and a mighty structure with a commanding presence that is justified by the majesty of this wine. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon / Syrah King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard is another beautifully layered, complex wine from the team at K Vintners, based on 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah. It offers lots of classic Cabernet tobacco, cedary herbs, and graphite notes, with the Syrah offering a more plush, sexy, seamless style to the wine. Loaded with red and black fruits, toasted spice, and chocolate, full-bodied, concentrated, yet seamless and incredibly pure, this gorgeously layered blend has enough tannins to warrant short-term cellaring yet is going to evolve gracefully for 15-20 years in cold cellars. It's a gorgeous wine.
Aromas of currants, mint and cedar with flowers and spices. Full-bodied with firm, polished tannins that have a beautiful silky texture that caresses the palate. Hazelnut and chocolate undertones. 75% cabernet sauvignon and 25% syrah. Drink in 2023.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon - Syrah King Coal is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder Syrah from the Stoneridge vineyard. The wine opens with scents of thyme-crusted roast lamb, black tea and blackberry cordial and suggestions of freshly tilled soil. The palate is very elegant and well-balanced, with a seamless texture and glorious length. Medium-bodied, dark fruit flavors collide with suggestions of bull’s blood, sagebrush and hints of kumquat. Wait for the exceedingly long finish.
Structured and muscular, with deep blackberry and currant flavors laced with black olive and savory spice notes, building toward firm tannins. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2023 through 2032. 832 cases made.