Hello friends. Quick turnaround today (and a rare Thursday offer) as we have time-limited access to small parcels of a pair of rocks-dominant K Vintners spring releases:
A couple items are conspiring to make allocations potentially challenging here. First, we’re getting an allocation about 30% smaller than last year. And second, the pricing is actually *lower* than the 2012, which we offered at 49.99 (44.99 TPU). I’m going to set the max order at 3 bottles, but I expect allocations to be more like 1 or 2.
The Boy is K’s Grenache, and in 2013 the majority comes 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 15 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. The Boy is very rarely seen at retail anymore, and our parcel is quite limited, so I’m going to stop there.
It has been a long time since we’ve had access to The Creator. We’ve offered it twice in the past: the 2008 vintage in autumn 2010, and the 2009 vintage in autumn 2011. Then nothing for three-and-a-half years. This 2012 is a Cab-Syrah (72-28) blend entirely from the rocks of the Walla Walla Valley (two vineyards: River Rock and Jack’s, a 1999-planted site that I’ll admit I’ve never heard of prior to this offer). It was raised in 70% new French oak, and clocks in at 14.5% listed alc.
I did have a chance to taste this one, right at the last minute (yesterday afternoon actually), and it is very much in keeping with the house style. Although Cab is the dominant variety, it’s rocks Syrah that shines on the nose: smoky/peaty earth, truffle, green olive, smoked ham. The grace notes of fruit are both Cab (blackcurrant) and Syrah (blackberry, blueberry). It’s a complex double-take nose; extremely appealing. The palate is full, rich, powerful, with a suave-and-supple texture that makes this one almost too easy to glug. The balance of fruit and earth and smoke is pinpoint, and this is unapologetically delicious rocks juice.
Jeb Dunnuck also penned a review of this one from barrel: Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93-95pts.”
Please limit order requests to 3 bottles of The Boy and 4 bottles of The Creator, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in the next week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.