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

SKU #1341983 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 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.

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Coming from the Rocks District, 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)  (3/2018)

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)

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2018 | Send Email
K Vintners are known for their knockout red wines from Washington. This Red Blend of 80% Cabernet and 20% Syrah goes down a different but equally as satisfying path. Aromas of berries galore: raspberry, boysenberry, and strawberry. Accented by notes of Dutch cocoa powder, bay leaves, and stone. On the palate, flavors of ripe and dried cherries play with boysenberry notes. The wine possesses a great texture and is juicier and more lifted than I initially expected. If you’re looking for a wine with big flavor with some added liveliness, try this for your next red blend purchase!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2018 | Send Email
This wine will win you over immediately with its lush, soft mouthfeel and concentrated dark fruit flavors that glide with ease over your palate, but never become too saturated or sweet. As my colleague Ryan noted, it's not overly extracted, yet there's an incredible depth of fruit flavor with the addition of the whole cluster Syrah. If you're a fan of delicious, full-bodied, American red wine first and foremost, I have to imagine you're going to go gaga for this. Imagine a better version of the Prisoner.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2018 | Send Email
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!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

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.


- 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.