2015 K Vintners "The Deal - Sundance Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Syrah

SKU #1383925 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 All from the Sundance Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, the 2015 Syrah The Deal (100% Syrah, not destemmed and aged in 30% new puncheons) offers smoking notes of red and black fruits, black olive, smoked earth and a huge meatiness. Full-bodied, silky and seamless, with a rock, mineral, backward style.  (4/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The most reticent and reserved of these Syrah bottlings, the 2015 Syrah The Deal Sundance Vineyard opens in the glass with notes of sweet red berries, potpourri and tapenade. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, firm and chewy, with an assertive chassis of structuring tannins. It will need more time than usual to round out and open up in this vintage. (WK) 93+  (6/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This shows no shortage of torque, but the intensity and richness keeps pace, offering blueberry and raspberry flavors accented by licorice and peppered beef notes. The tannins on the finish say hands off for now. Best from 2021 through 2026. (TF)  (8/2018)

91 points Vinous

 Bright, dark ruby-red. Pungent aromas of blackberry, pink peppercorn and black licorice. Juicy and intensely flavored but tighter and less sweet than Motor City Kitty and Milbrandt Syrahs, and more about finesse than primary fruit. Finishes classically dry, with serious tannins saturating the tongue and front teeth. (ST) 91+  (11/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Coming from a site planted in 1997, the aromas are brooding but still draw you into the glass, with notes of blackberry, dark plum, black raspberry, licorice, ash and whiffs of dried orange peel and smoked meat. The palate is deep and rich, packing a powerful punch with an extended finish following, with Amaro-like bitters. The tannins bring a fair amount of astringency at present. Best after 2022. (SS)  (3/2019)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
Wow, what wine! This is like an amped-up version of something out of the Northern Rhone! It's got all the power and rich fruit you expect from K Vintners but also has some wonderful savory, smokey, meaty things going on too. Dried rose petals, smoked brisket, dried herbs, cracked pepper, sage. Medium plus bodied with ample acidity and structure to carry the weight of the fruit. A very impressive wine striking a lovely balance between old world and new. And what a price we can offer this for! What's not to love!

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- 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.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5