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WA98 "Syrah That Does Everything Right" for Under $70 - Limited Allocation - 03/30/2017 - Syrah (domestic)

Coming in with the same Wine Advocate score in 2013 as Sine Qua Non's flagship Syrah, Cayuse's elusive Bionic Frog, Saxum's coveted James Berry Vineyard, and Kongsgaard's masterful Hudson Vineyard bottling, K Vintner's Cattle King is in truly elite company. Coming in at a fraction of the price of these aforementioned behemoths makes this a must-have triumph from the wild man of Washington State.

This thrilling Syrah comes on the heels of the 2012 which was awarded WA99 and is not only gone from the market, but went for around $140 last time it was listed. The wine itself is full throttle, hedonistic Syrah at it's finest; that is to say that it is "deep, layered and concentrated, yet always light on its feet and elegant" as Dunnuck puts it. That magical combination from a top winemaker for under $70 is a true rarity, and this is a wine that will quickly disappear from shelves everywhere. Make sure to grab yours, and don't miss some of the rest of K Vintner's amazing range of over-delivering reds detailed below.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2013 K Vintners "Cattle King - Upland Vineyard" Snipes Mountain Syrah 98 >36 $69.99 View
2014 K Vintners "Milbrandt" Wahluke Slope Syrah 94 >48 $26.99 View
2013 K Vintners "River Rock" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 94 43 $34.99 View
2013 K Vintners "The Deal-Sundance Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Syrah 95 15 $37.99 View
2013 K Vintners "Morrison Lane" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 95 34 $44.99 View
2013 K Vintners "Stoneridge Vineyard - El Jefe" Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo 94 28 $49.99 View
2013 K Vintners "Rock Garden" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 95 14 $54.99 View
2013 K Vintners "The Creator" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah 94 >36 $59.99 View
2014 K Vintners "The Beautiful - Powerline Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 97 24 $59.99 View
2013 K Vintners "The Hidden - Northridge Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Syrah 97 36 $69.99 View
2012 K Vintners "The Hustler-Morrison Lane Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah 97 8 $139.99 View


2013 K Vintners "Cattle King - Upland Vineyard" Snipes Mountain Syrah ($69.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Syrah Cattle King is a smokin', layered, sexy, voluptuous Syrah that does everything right. Coming from the River Rock Vineyard in Walla Walla and the Upland Vineyard in Snipes Mountain, not destemmed and brought up all in larger barrels, this beauty offers a sensational perfume of smoked meats, pepper, licorice, black olives and assorted ripe black fruits. Deep, layered and concentrated, yet always light on its feet and elegant, this fabulous Syrah has a terrific mid-palate, a core of sweet fruit and blockbuster length. It's a tour de force in vintage and certainly one of the top wines. It needs a decant if drinking anytime soon, but should be at its best from 2020 to 2038. (JD)" (06/2016)

2014 K Vintners

2014 K Vintners "Milbrandt" Wahluke Slope Syrah ($26.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Probably the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date, the 2014 Syrah Milbrandt Vineyard is 100% Syrah, fermented with 100% whole clusters, that spent 15 months in 20% new French oak barrels and puncheons. This beauty is overflowing with notes of cassis, caramelized meats, licorice and spice, which gives way to a full-bodied, concentrated, superbly textured Syrah that can be enjoyed today, or cellared for a decade. 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. (JD)" (06/2016)

Vinous: "Bright, dark red. Dark cherry, red berries, sexy smoke and underbrush on the nose. Sweet and lightly saline on the palate, showing moderate lift to its fruit flavors of cherry and dark raspberry. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins.In the absence of Charles Smith, I sampled his extensive line-up of K Vintners wines in his airy new facility on the northern edge of Boeing Field in Seattle with Brennon Leighton, who makes wines under his own B. Leighton label and is co-winemaker with Smith on the Sixto wines. (Leighton works for Smith and is also a partner on several of their labels.) Leighton emphasized that all of Smiths contracts for the K wines are by the acre, which is still the exception in Washington. Leighton noted that the 2013s are a bit coarser than the 2012s. Two thousand fourteen was an even warmer vintage, but Smith "made adjustments in the vineyards, leaving larger canopies and getting more shade on the fruit." This has long been a fascinating collection of wines encompassing a wide range of distinctive terroirs. (ST)" (07/2016)

K&L Notes: 100% Syrah from the Clifton Hills and Northridge Vineyards on the Wahluke Slope. An ideal pairing with Hearty beef stews and Pasta Bolognese. According to the winery: "Textbook K Syrah. THIS IS IT! Game, black olive, crushed stone and a bouquet of fresh flowers thrown in. WOW!"

Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 02, 2016

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to make a winery trip Washington wine country, culminating in a visit with Charles Smith of K Vintners/ Charles Smith/ Casa Smith/ etc. We struggled to keep up as he flew around the old vehicle-repair- shop-turned-tasting-room, swinging open "walls" revealing office areas, running to the back to crank Soundgarden over the speakers (drawing a few eye rolls from the desk workers), then opening seemingly every bottle in sight! As we drank through magnums of 2002 and 2006 Syrahs, which were incredible, I quickly realized that his wines truly are an extension of the man making them: bold, and full of life, in your face, but in tune with the land and incredibly well made. This Milbrandt is an "entry level" Syrah for K Vintners, but you wouldn't guess it! This wine is incredibly complex, showing layers of pure fruit, an array of spices, savory notes, and barrel integration. If this sounds intriguing, stock up as they won't last long.

Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 31, 2016

This Syrah is bold, elegant and a match made for barbecue beef or pork. On the nose there's plum, blueberry, cedar and allspice. The palate is full and round, with balanced tannin and elegant texture. This wine from Washington truly delivers and will be great to have on hand!

Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 31, 2016

The 2014 K Vintners Milbrandt Syrah may be the best red wine that K Vintners/Charles Smith has released this year. Dried violets, purple/blue fruit and some subtle gamy notes appear on the nose. The palate explodes with more dark berry and black plum notes plus the inclusion of a persistent layer of acid that keeps the character of the wine intact. Yes, it's a fruit-laden, unapologetically massive wine. It's also massively delicious and will sell out quickly (especially at $27 bucks apiece), so my recommendation is to nab a few bottles of this one while you can.

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 30, 2016

The nose is classic Washington Syrah, bold, dramatic yet a little less oaky than I'd seen in these wines before, which I found as a plus. On the palate the wine was lush, broad and full of saturated flavors, notes of chocolate and hints of tar. The finish goes out like it came in, dramatic, splashy and full-bodied, you can't miss you've had this wine!

Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 30, 2016

Charles Smith, the crazy haired maniac that has helped put Washington State wine on the map is about as big of a character as all the stories, both true and rumored, would have you believe. I have some of my own stories but those would be inappropriate in this, or about any other setting. The one thing about him that I can talk about though without any hesitation is his unflinching commitment to quality whether it is in his massive bottlings of $15 dollar wine or in his one barrel of $150 wine he never cuts corners and the ultimate product is all that matters to him cost or time be damned. <BR>The 2014 Milbrandt Syrah is a perfect example of this attention to detail and overall quality. From two different vineyards, Clifton and Northridge, both farmed and planted by the Milbrandt brothers this 100% Syrah is big and burly with a bursting fruit driven intensity and plenty of cured meat spice. Coffee bean and mocha blend with fennel pollen and white sage on the nose in this flagship Syrah. Plush and velvety this is electric Syrah with the typical K Vintners crushed violet tones, chocolate covered cherries, pan fried bacon and chocolate milkshake flavors. Savory and with tremendous length the white pepper studded finish is on par with some of the best Syrahs the US has to offer. This is one powerful, massive wine that still has good generosity and drinkability, easily enjoyable now or over the next 8-12 years.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 30, 2016

I love to steer customers looking for rich, dark, smooth luscious wine towards Washington Syrah because generally this is where you can find it. Unfortunately, unlike Cabernet coming from this area the Syrah is generally more expensive because people are aware of how good Washington Syrah can be. So I was surprised when I saw we had a new vintage from K Vintners, one of Charles Smith's projects, for under $30. This wine is bold, dark, and smooth, the fruit is overlaid with cassis, liquorice and a spice finish. Pick one of these bottles up now, wait until big Holiday meals happen and taste the magic of this Syrah.

2013 K Vintners

2013 K Vintners "River Rock" Walla Walla Valley Syrah ($34.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and open-textured, offering juicy, pear-accented blackberry, licorice and black tea flavors, finishing harmoniously and with pinpoint focus. Has presence and depth without great weight. Best from 2017 through 2023." (09/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine that just screams "The Rocks" is the 2013 Syrah River Rock Vineyard and it is about as classic a representation of this terrific terroir located around the town of Milton Freewater as I could imagine. Medium to full-bodied, fresh, focused and with fine, polished tannin, it has tons of pepper, bloody meats, olive and ripe dark fruits all soaring from the glass. I like it today, but it will keep for a decade.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. (JD)" (06/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Somewhat locked up at present, the aromas offer notes of brown stems, crushed flowers, dried earth and green olive, with the fruit lurking in the background. The palate mixes savory and red-fruit flavors that play off each other all the way through the finish, showing a lot of elegance and persistence." (02/2017)

90 points Vinous: "(from a Phelps clone planted in 2001 in the Rocks District): Bright, dark red. Cherry, dried herbs and olive tapenade on the nose. Plush, fat and round, conveying a high-pH mouthfeel to its raspberry and saline flavors. Could use a bit more delineation but finishes with sweet tannins that will not get in the way of early pleasure.In the absence of Charles Smith, I sampled his extensive line-up of K Vintners wines in his airy new facility on the northern edge of Boeing Field in Seattle with Brennon Leighton, who makes wines under his own B. Leighton label and is co-winemaker with Smith on the Sixto wines. (Leighton works for Smith and is also a partner on several of their labels.) Leighton emphasized that all of Smiths contracts for the K wines are by the acre, which is still the exception in Washington. Leighton noted that the 2013s are a bit coarser than the 2012s. Two thousand fourteen was an even warmer vintage, but Smith "made adjustments in the vineyards, leaving larger canopies and getting more shade on the fruit." This has long been a fascinating collection of wines encompassing a wide range of distinctive terroirs. (ST)" (07/2016)

K&L Notes: Praise for the producer from Wine Advocate: "As usual, this was a massive lineup by Washington's wild man, Charles Smith. Despite the larger-than-life persona, these wines are dead serious and are always some of the best I'm able to taste from the state. All of the Rhone varieties see 100% whole cluster, native fermentations and aging in mostly neutral French oak. At the top end, both the 2012 Royal City Syrah and 2012 Klein Syrah flirted with perfection, but the whole lineup is stacked with both quality and value." (JD, 06/2015)

2013 K Vintners

2013 K Vintners "The Deal-Sundance Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Syrah ($37.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming all from the Sundance Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, the medium-ruby colored 2013 Syrah The Deal Sundance Vineyard is a unique, singular Syrah that gives up beautiful notes of kirsch, blackberries, sandy, dried soils and hints of olive tapenade. Full-bodied, concentrated, with a great mid-palate and satin-textured tannins, it will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for a decade after that. (JD)" (06/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Kirsch, brown stem, herb and olive aromas give way to a powerful mouthful of black fruit speckled with savory accents. The finish lingers." (02/2017)

2013 K Vintners

2013 K Vintners "Morrison Lane" Walla Walla Valley Syrah ($44.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another wine that overachieves is the 2013 Syrah Morrison Lane. Easily the best vintage of this cuvee to date, it has a killer bouquet of olive tapenade, grounded, peppered meats and a core of darker fruits. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant and with fine tannin, its terrific and will drink nicely for 10-15 years. (JD)" (06/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Kirsch, wet stone, lavender and dried herb aromas are followed by ripe jazzy generous dark-fruit flavors. Fine-grained tannins provide support, with a supple mouthfeel piquing the interest." (02/2017)

92 points Vinous: "(14.5% alcohol; 40% new oak): Good medium-deep red. Fresh aromas of dark cherry and raspberry lifted by a hint of sexy high-pitched brown spices; a bit sappier but less wild than the Rock Garden Syrah. Really excellent intensity and retention of fruit here--the most primary of these Syrahs to this point in my tasting. The savory finish shows a firm tannic spine to support aging.In the absence of Charles Smith, I sampled his extensive line-up of K Vintners wines in his airy new facility on the northern edge of Boeing Field in Seattle with Brennon Leighton, who makes wines under his own B. Leighton label and is co-winemaker with Smith on the Sixto wines. (Leighton works for Smith and is also a partner on several of their labels.) Leighton emphasized that all of Smiths contracts for the K wines are by the acre, which is still the exception in Washington. Leighton noted that the 2013s are a bit coarser than the 2012s. Two thousand fourteen was an even warmer vintage, but Smith "made adjustments in the vineyards, leaving larger canopies and getting more shade on the fruit." This has long been a fascinating collection of wines encompassing a wide range of distinctive terroirs. (ST)" (07/2016)

2013 K Vintners

2013 K Vintners "Stoneridge Vineyard - El Jefe" Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo ($49.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 100% varietal 2013 El Jefe Tempranillo Stoneridge Vineyard (23 months in 40% new oak) is another terrific example of this variety in Washington, and while theres not many Tempranillo based releases out there, the ones that are, are seriously good. This 2013 gives up lots of darker fruits (black currants maybe), lots of spicy oak, toasted spice and licorice to go with a full-bodied, elegant, sexy profile on the palate. It continues to open up with time in the glass, and the tannin, while present, are incredibly polished and perfectly ripe. Feel free to drink bottles anytime over the coming decade. 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. (JD)" (06/2016)

90 points Vinous: "(40% new French oak): Medium red. Slight medicinal nuance to the aromas of plum, redcurrant and cherry, along with hints of truffle and licorice. Nicely stuffed, broad wine with sweet mid-palate flavors of red fruits and smoked meat. This youthful wine needs time for its building tannins to harmonize but its firm finish suggests that it will evolve gracefully.In the absence of Charles Smith, I sampled his extensive line-up of K Vintners wines in his airy new facility on the northern edge of Boeing Field in Seattle with Brennon Leighton, who makes wines under his own B. Leighton label and is co-winemaker with Smith on the Sixto wines. (Leighton works for Smith and is also a partner on several of their labels.) Leighton emphasized that all of Smiths contracts for the K wines are by the acre, which is still the exception in Washington. Leighton noted that the 2013s are a bit coarser than the 2012s. Two thousand fourteen was an even warmer vintage, but Smith "made adjustments in the vineyards, leaving larger canopies and getting more shade on the fruit." This has long been a fascinating collection of wines encompassing a wide range of distinctive terroirs. (ST)" (07/2016)

2013 K Vintners

2013 K Vintners "Rock Garden" Walla Walla Valley Syrah ($54.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More Northern Rhone in style, with lots of red and black fruits, olive, peppered meats and sweet fruit, the 2013 Syrah Rock Garden is seamless, downright sexy and layered on the palate, with a voluptuous, yet classy and focused texture. Like all of the Rhone blends from this estate, it was fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged mostly in neutral barrels and puncheons. Give bottles a year or two and enjoy over the following decade.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. (JD)" (06/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Coming off the Rocks District, this wine displays high-toned aromas of brown stems, crushed violets and black pepper along with a light meat and olive streak. The flavors are poised and layered, showing a mixture of red and black fruits with abundant savory accents. The crazy-long finish flat out impresses." (02/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, focused and distinctive, with an orange peel and tea leaf character that weaves through the blackberry and plum flavors. A hint of pear adds interest to the supple finish. Best from 2018 through 2023." (10/2015)

91 points Vinous: "Medium red. Wild raspberry, musky mocha and tapenade on the nose. Juicy, savory, salty wine with a gamey nuance. Less plush and more vertical than the River Rock, displaying more acidity and grip. This intriguing Syrah finishes with rather suave, sweet tannins.In the absence of Charles Smith, I sampled his extensive line-up of K Vintners wines in his airy new facility on the northern edge of Boeing Field in Seattle with Brennon Leighton, who makes wines under his own B. Leighton label and is co-winemaker with Smith on the Sixto wines. (Leighton works for Smith and is also a partner on several of their labels.) Leighton emphasized that all of Smiths contracts for the K wines are by the acre, which is still the exception in Washington. Leighton noted that the 2013s are a bit coarser than the 2012s. Two thousand fourteen was an even warmer vintage, but Smith "made adjustments in the vineyards, leaving larger canopies and getting more shade on the fruit." This has long been a fascinating collection of wines encompassing a wide range of distinctive terroirs. (ST)" (07/2016)

2013 K Vintners

2013 K Vintners "The Creator" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah ($59.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Cabernet Sauvignon makes up just under three-quarters of this wine with the balance Syrah. A blend of fruit from River Rock and Jacks vineyards, its aromatically reserved, with notes of flowers, green herb, cherry and moist earth. The tart fruit flavors are silky and full in feel, bringing a lovely sense of presence to the mixture of fruit and savory flavors. The finish lingers. (SS)" (02/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another wine thats not for those craving immediate gratification, the 2013 The Creator (74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Syrah aged 23 months in 50% new French oak) is a full-bodied, fresh and lively 2013 that gives up classy notes of graphite, plums, lead pencil shavings and green olives. Forget bottles for 2-4 years and enjoy over the following 10-15 years.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. 92+ Points (JD)" (06/2016)

92 points Vinous: "(the Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are co-fermented): Healthy dark red. Musky red berry and plum aromas are complicated by mocha, truffle, anise, lemon thyme, tarragon and licorice. Smooth, densely packed wine with enticing aromatic lift and subtle herbal nuances. Finishes with broad, fine-grained tannins and excellent length.In the absence of Charles Smith, I sampled his extensive line-up of K Vintners wines in his airy new facility on the northern edge of Boeing Field in Seattle with Brennon Leighton, who makes wines under his own B. Leighton label and is co-winemaker with Smith on the Sixto wines. (Leighton works for Smith and is also a partner on several of their labels.) Leighton emphasized that all of Smiths contracts for the K wines are by the acre, which is still the exception in Washington. Leighton noted that the 2013s are a bit coarser than the 2012s. Two thousand fourteen was an even warmer vintage, but Smith "made adjustments in the vineyards, leaving larger canopies and getting more shade on the fruit." This has long been a fascinating collection of wines encompassing a wide range of distinctive terroirs. (ST)" (11/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, ripe and polished, with a glassy texture around a sleek core of peppery black cherry, cream and pear notes that linger easily on the expressive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2021. 1,446 cases made. (HS)" (12/2016)

2014 K Vintners

2014 K Vintners "The Beautiful - Powerline Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah ($59.99)

94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A new cuvee that's all from the Powerline Vineyard in the southern part of the Walla Walla Valley, the 2014 Syrah Powerline is all from the Phelps clone, was fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in puncheons. One of the more bloody, meaty, iron-laced and savory Syrahs in the lineup, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a thick, unctuous texture, ripe tannin and a finish that makes your heart beat a touch faster. Give bottles a few years in the cellar and enjoy over the following decade. (JD)" (06/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Hailing from River Rock Vineyard in the Rocks District, this wines black olive, green stem, potpourri, dark fruit and orange peel aromas are followed by silky feeling fruit and savory flavors. It keeps the interest high." (02/2017)

2013 K Vintners "The Hidden - Northridge Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Syrah ($69.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (JD)" (06/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of pomegranate, black fruit, herb and barrel spice lead to rich seamless palate-coating dark-fruit flavors. Its hedonistic but retains a sense of balance along with an unabashed deliciousness." (02/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Broad, generous and opulent, with raspberry, black cherry and rhubarb flavors that maintain momentum into a long and supple finish, picking up hints of dill and black tea. Best from 2018 through 2023. (HS, Web-2016)"

92 points Vinous: "(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. In the absence of Charles Smith, I sampled his extensive line-up of K Vintners wines in his airy new facility on the northern edge of Boeing Field in Seattle with Brennon Leighton, who makes wines under his own B. Leighton label and is co-winemaker with Smith on the Sixto wines. (Leighton works for Smith and is also a partner on several of their labels.) Leighton emphasized that all of Smiths contracts for the K wines are by the acre, which is still the exception in Washington. Leighton noted that the 2013s are a bit coarser than the 2012s. Two thousand fourteen was an even warmer vintage, but Smith "made adjustments in the vineyards, leaving larger canopies and getting more shade on the fruit." This has long been a fascinating collection of wines encompassing a wide range of distinctive terroirs. (ST)" (11/2016)

2012 K Vintners "The Hustler-Morrison Lane Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Syrah - 8 available ($139.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Still in barrel at the time of this tasting, the 2012 Syrah The Hustler is a blockbuster-styled Syrah that's overflowing with notions of sweet red and black fruits, toasted bread, cured meats and cedar. Only made in special vintages (it was previously made in '03, '07 and '09) and aged 38 months in French oak, it's full-bodied, decadent and layered, with a weightless, elegant, seamless feel. Coming all from the Morrison Lane Vineyard (it's actually the Morrison Lane Syrah with extended barrel aging), it should be ready to go on release and dish out tons of pleasure over the following decade or more. The extended elevage has given this a more upfront feel, yet I suspect it will also allow it age more slowly as well. (JD)" (06/2015)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a unicorn wine that only gets made in exceptional years-the last time was a decade ago. Hailing from Morrison Lane, the oldest Syrah plantings in the valley, it brings mesmerizing aromas of blackberry, black fruit, moist earth and wet stone. The black-fruit flavors consume the palate, showing density, depth and exceptional length. Its a complete heart-stopper." (02/2017)