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Excellent Price on a 94-Point Powerhouse Cab from K Vintners - 02/20/2018 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

When it comes to massive, muscular, and out-of-this-world Cabs, one producer we return to time and again is Charles Smith. Smith knows precisely how to make a world-class Cab and at a price that doesn’t break the bank. Take for example, the 94-point "Roma - River Rock Vineyard." It has all the beefed up power one has come to expect from Charles Smith, yet at the same time offers unparalleled refinement. This blending of bold fruit flavors with impeccable nuance and finesse, is something that’s often strived for, but not always achieved in winemaking. Yet, Smith does it with apparent easy from one vintage to the next. 2014 was in many ways an ideal vintage in Washington State, which Smith capitalized on beautifully. Its 94-point rating from Wine Spectator places it among the highest scored Washington State Cabs in the vintage, including the likes of Quilceda Creek - pretty impressive for a wine at such a modest price. Jeb Dunnuck was so taken he called Smith’s entire portfolio, “one of the most stacked lineups out there.” Priced under $40, the “Roma” Cab offers great value and is an excellent alternative to those who are tired of spending $75-plus for Napa Cabs. This 2014 is drinking perfectly now as the notes below will attest and will continue to reward for 15 years or more. At such a phenomenal price, we expect our allocation to move quickly.

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2014 K Vintners "Roma - River Rock Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $50+) ($39.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Deftly combines refinement with muscle, offering expressive black cherry and crushed stone aromas and deeply structured plum, roasted herb and spice flavors that finish with big, polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2019 through 2025."

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Coming from the RocksDistrict, this wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah. The aromas are brooding on first pour, opening up over time, with notes of blackberry, kirsch, high-toned barrel spice, herb and scorched earth. The flavors are concentrated and rich but still bring a sense of deftness, lingering on the finish. It has a long life in front of it. *Editors' Choice* (SS)" (03/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from a terrific site in the Rocks region of Walla Walla, the 2014 Roma River Rock Vineyard has a sweet, perfumed, yet savory character in its black cherry, olive, tobacco, lavender and spice. Supple and polished, drink this sexy blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah anytime over the coming decade."

91 points Vinous: "(the Syrah is fermented with whole clusters, the Cabernet Sauvignon with whole berries, both in upright foudres; bottled in August of 2016): Bright ruby-red. Wonderfully polished nose offers sexy oak-spicy lift to the aromas of redcurrant, sweet cream and dried rose. Then quite tight and imploded in the mouth, showing less fat and more minerality than the nose would suggest. The Cabernet is really dominating today. Firm tannins and harmonious ripe acidity are accentuated by an almost citrussy verve on the long back end. In a rather feminine style but in need of a couple years of cellaring. (ST) 91+" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah. Winemaker's Notes: "For my mother, Roma. A list to describe this wine: Earth, floral, black tea, crushed rock, cocoa and black cherry. A wine distinct of character and sense of place that comes together in a fresh resounding harmony." One of my absolute favorites in the K Vintner's lineup for 2014 releases. Has a little more elegance and refinement than one might expect from a Charles Smith Walla Walla bottling. There is still tons of sweet fruit and exotic spice, the tannins are fine and silky and the wine has great aromatic lift. Super drinkable but with plentty of power and stuffing. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

This wine really delivers for the price point, with expressive, unadulterated single vineyard Cabernet. "Roma" is named for the mother of winemaker Charles Smith, and she is a beauty. Light and lifted, with aromas of subtle dried bay leaf, dried raspberry and star anise, and mouthwatering stony minerality, the wine is a delicate and intricate interpretation of the varietal. With fine tannins, and flavors of ripe blueberry and dried Bing cherry, "Roma" reveals her secrets in her own time, and tells a fascinating story.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

An absolute standout for me in a very serious lineup of 2014 K Vintners releases. Pretty much all of the K wines have power, richness, purity and polish...this wine however had an extra level of lift and brightness just elevating and freshening the saturated black and blue fruit, scorched earth, briary notes, blackberry compote, lavender and exotic spice. It's ripe and full bodied but not heavy or extracted. A real highlight for me...I went back to it time and time again. Great wine.

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 09, 2018

This is a whole lot of wine for the money, and one of my favorite wines from K Vintners that I've tried. This Cabernet from Washington has 20% Syrah blended in which adds lovely perfumed elements and an overall balance to this wine. This Cabernet has intense, bold fruit flavors such as raspberry liqueur, sour cherry, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke and medium tannin structure. If big, juicy wines are your thing, give this a try!