2014 K Vintners "Motor City Kitty-River Rock Vineyard" Yakima Valley Syrah

SKU #1307595 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Named after a cat owned by Charles when he was living in Walla Walla, the 2014 M C K Syrah sports a deep purple color as well as ripe, decadent notes of black fruits, plums, graphite, crushed rock and licorice. Big, sexy, seamless and pure, with present, yet ripe tannin, drink it through 2024. It’s worth noting that this comes completely from the River Rock vineyard in this vintage. As usual, it's a crazy value. (JD)  (6/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *** Editors' Choice *** This aromatically brooding wine brings aromas of brown stems, scorched earth, smoked meat, iron, violets, orange peel and blue and black fruit. The flavors coat the palate from end to end with silky soft, unabashedly appealing fruit and savory notes. It hits the delicious gong hard, with an enduring finish. (SPS)  (2/2017)

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Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2017 | Send Email
Focused on small-lot, vineyard designated Syrahs and field blends, K Vintners consistently produces some of the most incredible values available on the market. A prime example of such is their latest release of MKC Syrah - for less than thirty-five bucks you're getting a bottle that can compete with the best that Washington has to offer. Black fruit, liquefied rock, dried herbs, game and other savory notes are front and center here. This is one not to miss, and if history repeats itself this wine will sell through in the blink of an eye.

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2017 | Send Email
After the 2013 sold out in minutes after a big WA score, the 2014 immediately had big shoes to fill. That said, the vintage was a massive success for the region and it shows in spades here. While the '13 felt more hedonistic, this version shows structure and definition at all the right places. Big without being heavy, it somehow strikes the balance of some of the big name Syrahs, but does so at a fraction of the price. It'll be hard to beat at this price for Syrah of this quality from anywhere in Washington, California, and perhaps the Rhone as well. Another stunner for the MCK label.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2017 | Send Email
This brilliant release from K Vintners is spicy and packs a punch, but with a playfully elegant acidity, just what you'd expect from a wine called Motor City Kitty. This Syrah is sourced from the highest elevation in Boushey vineyard, and shows the complexity and elegance of a fine Côte Rôtie, but with the drive and power of a fleet of Mustangs and Camaros.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 14