2009 Charles Smith Wines "King Coal-Stoneridge Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah
*Cellar Selection* King Coal is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah from the Stoneridge Vineyard. Silky and seamless on entry, it pushes into a wine of power and punch. The fruit is complex and complicated, a mix of berry and cherry, with tart, tangy acid. While the wine is still primary, it has superb concentration and length, and it's beautifully structured for aging.
Big, broad and decidedly savory, with a strong meaty, earthy component to the dark berry and herb flavors. Highly polished, this has focus and depth to burn. Not for all tastes, but distinctive and impressive. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2020. 385 cases made.