Three from K Vintners

Hello friends. Quick turnaround today, as it’s rare that we ever get access to parcels from the main K Vintners line large enough to support an offer

2012 K Vintners Grenache “The Boy”

This is the K Vintners Grenache, and in 2012 it is two-thirds from the rocks (River Rock Vineyard) and the remainder from the outstanding Northridge Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. It was done entirely whole-cluster and was aged in neutral French puncheons for 14 months before bottling. I haven’t had a chance to sample this vintage, but based on previous vintages, I’d expect a mix of Grenache’s plush red raspberry and strawberry fruit with meaty/funky notes from the rocks. Here is the tasting note from K: “Wrapped in a velvet robe, this Grenache shimmers with energy, purity and true life force, not to mention cranberry, blackberry and undergrowth, cured meat and pan grille. Elegant and deep, its going to age beautifully.”

Very rarely seen at retail anymore, and our parcel is quite limited, so I’m going to stop there.

2011 K Vintners Syrah Clifton Hill Vineyard

Clifton Hill is a Milbrandt-farmed site on the Wahluke Slope. It is a hillside site distinct from the larger Clifton Vineyard, which is at the base of the hill. Clifton Hill vineyard slopes to the west, overlooking Sentinel Gap, a geological oddity where the Missoula Floods carved their way through the Saddle Mountains. The soils are stone-strewn sand above a base of glacially-deposited gravel.

Here is the K note for this one: “Wow. Focused, rich, and kick-ass – serious stuff here! A shopoing list of complexities: raw meat, cedar, forest floor, coffee grounds, and Asain five spice. Plenty of round tannins and a lengthy finish.”

I did taste this one, so I’ll add that this has really impressive lushness for the cool 2011 vintage. It’s a big, ripe mouthful of kirsch and framboise, complicated by soil/mineral tones and fresh orange-peel acids. This is total full throttle Syrah from K, as you’d expect, and it’s only the second producer I’ve seen to bottle Clifton Hill on its own (Ron Bunnel’s version has been well-received by our list members over the years). A total generous palate-stainer, this one too is quite limited in parcel size.

2012 K Vintners Sauvignon Blanc

And a bonus white, among the first to involve Brennon Leighton, formerly of Efeste and hired by Charles in 2012. Brennon’s Sauvignon Blancs (Feral especially) helped build his sterling reputation at Efeste, and they were made with Ancient Lakes fruit (Evergreen Vineyard). No surprise then, that this has a core of Ancient Lakes fruit (from Sunset Vineyard, on thin caliche soils at 1100 feet), paired with Roza Hills fruit from the Rattlesnake Hills of the Yakima Valley.

Listed alc is 13% even in the warmish 2012 vintage, and this was done entirely with native yeasts and in stainless steel. It possesses a lovely nose of grapefruit, jalapeno, and a little flinty kick reminiscent of good Pouilly Fume. In the mouth, it’s all chalky mineral and high-toned citrusy fruit, finishing long and lemony and with lipsmacking acidity. A lovely example of Washington Sauvignon Blanc, perfect for summertime.

Please limit order requests to 3 bottles each of The Boy and Clifton Hill (allocations might be closer to 1-2 bottles, if that), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The Sauv Blanc is first come first served up to 12 bottles, and the wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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