2013 K Vintners "The Creator" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah

SKU #1260278 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 Jack’s vineyards, it’s 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)  (2/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another wine that’s 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)  (6/2016)

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 Smith’s 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)

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5