Hello friends. We have small parcels of a trio of rarities from K Vintners’ recent set of autumn releases. Our K offers are always feeding frenzies, so let me offer two quick notes:
1. To the best of my knowledge, we have retail dibs on all three of these wines west of the mountains.
2. I suspect we’ll have to under-allocate here, given the parcel sizes, so a quick reminder of our allocation technique: Our allocations favor breadth over depth, so that everyone gets one bottle before anyone gets two. And our formula for prioritizing allocations includes overall orders, frequency of orders, recency of orders, and list tenure, among other factors.
Now, onto the wines:
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”
“The Deal” is what it sounds like – an incredible value – and we haven’t had access to it since the 2009 vintage, which we offered more than five years ago. This is a rare opportunity to access one of K’s best bang-for-the-buck Syrahs. It comes from Sundance Vineyard, one of the oldest Syrah sites on the Wahluke Slope, planted in 1997. Done all whole-cluster, all native-yeast, it spent 43 days on skins before ageing in 50% new French oak for 21 months. The Deal clocks in at 14.5% listed alc, and here are the K notes: The wine saturates the palate. Mineral driven, floral, blood, and scorched earth. This is a wine of evolution that gains richness as time goes by.
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 98pts.”
High praise indeed from Mr. Dunnuck! In fact, only one wine earned better press in his annual set of Washington reviews (Quilceda Creek Cab, at 99pts). As you can imagine, a review like that puts incredible sales pressure on a wine, so I won’t say much else here. This was aged all in large puncheons, 70% new, after 43 days on skins and 100% whole cluster/100% native yeast fermentation. It is exceedingly rare for us to get access to a wine with this kind of review.
Hustler is only produced in extraordinary vintages: this is the fourth Hustler in a decade (2003, 2007, 2009), and it is essentially Morrison Lane Vineyard Syrah with extended barrel ageing (40 months in 100% new large-format puncheons). So this was harvested in 2012, and not put in bottle until 2016. And Morrison Lane is a special vineyard: the oldest commercial Syrah in the Walla Walla Valley, planted in 1994.
No bottle review yet from Dunnuck or anyone else on this one. Here is what team K has to say: First release of the decade for this 40-month barrel aged Syrah. It opens with black walnut, candied fruit and salty plum. Massive stone and earth on the palate. One sip and away we go! If The Deal is medium-rare and Cattle King is rare, Hustler is “bleu,” as the French would say. Our parcel of this is one-quarter the size of Cattle King, one-eighth The Deal. An amazing trophy from the K lineup, or a truly generous holiday gift.
Please limit order requests to 12 bottles of “The Deal”, 6 bottles of “Cattle King”, and 3 bottles of “The Hustler”, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.