2013 Charles Smith Wines "King Coal - Stoneridge Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah
*Cellar Selection* A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Syrah, brooding aromas of ground stone, herb, brown stem and black fruit give way to dense layered blackberry flavors. It shows great focus, poise, texture and exquisite length. Best from 2021 to 2027.
Broad and spicy, centered on rich currant and blueberry fruit at the core, shaded with hints of baby powder and mint as the finish sails on expressively. Has presence, depth and distinction. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2017 through 2024. 503 cases made. (HS)
Healthy medium red. Very ripe aromas of raspberry and truffle. Plush and nicely concentrated, conveying a savory character to the flavors of plum, mocha, truffle and new oak. An herbal edge on the finish accentuates the tannins, giving this rather high-pH wine (3.92) needed firmness. This will be even better for a couple years of patience. 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)