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2009 K Vintners "Morrison Lane" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1075868 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From a cobbled block of mature vines south of Walla Walla and very near the site of Smith’s new estate plantings, his 2009 Syrah Morrison Lane opens dramatically with pungent scents of wood smoke, resin, tar, soy, huckleberry and cassis, whose counterparts reconvene on a sappy, expansive, finely tannic palate leading to a piquant, gripping finish so forceful and energetic it leaves my tongue aquiver. The sort of pedal-to-the-(heavy) metal wine for which Smith is known (or notorious), this is, nonetheless, completely convincing in its complexity and cling. Look for at least the better part of a decade’s interesting evolution (though possibly the fact that the tannins were even more noticeable overnight should serve as some sort of cautionary signal). (DS) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Charles Smith is like the Sammy Hagar of wine, and not just because his curly locks are reminiscent of the one-time Van Halen front man. Like Hagar, Smith is more memorable for his contributions to the world of alcoholic libations than he is his 11 years managing rock bands in Scandinavia. (For those of you not in the know, Hagar may be better remembered for Cabo Wabo premium Tequila than for anything he did with Van Halen.) The wines under his K Vintners label are always critically acclaimed, and because of their small production, they sell out EXTREMELY FAST. The last two vintages received 93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, and we think this one is even better. Made entirely from Syrah sourced from the Morrison Lane Vineyard in Walla Walla, this is an ample, earthy, brambly, smoky iteration of the varietal with fine-grained tannins.

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