Hello friends. We have small parcels of a trio of rarities from K Vintners’ recent set of releases. Our K offers are always feeding frenzies, and this one – our last of the year – promises to be extra cuckoo given the wines involved. So let me first 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]. 95-97pts.”
Powerline Vineyard is an estate site for K Vintners planted in 2012, so 2014 represents third leaf, and the first usable fruit for commercial purposes. It makes up about half of the Grenache here (the remainder is Northridge), and it’s remarkable to see the vineyard performing so well at such a young age. Fermented entirely with native yeasts, and entirely whole cluster, this was raised for 18 months all in large-format puncheons, mostly (85%) neutral. Here are the K notes: Transparent and pure are the first words that come to mind when tasting this wine. Then onto spice, tobacco, black leather, and white pepper. A full palate that comes together to an elegant and ethereal finish.
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 97pts.”
High praise indeed from Mr. Dunnuck! This is 100% Northridge Vineyard Syrah, a wild site on the Wahluke Slope, and a rarity because it sits above the Missoula floodline at elevations of 1100’, meaning instead of flood soils, this vineyard sits on a thin layer of ancient soils above a base of caliche and basalt. It was aged all in large puncheons after 43 days on skins and 100% whole cluster/100% native yeast fermentation. Winery notes: Black raspberries, dense earth, toasted brioche and grilled meat. It speaks the language of the vineyard. Powerful and pure… one blockbuster wine!
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 98pts.”
Royal City Syrah has been exceptionally difficult to source ever since the 2006 vintage, when it became Paul Gregutt’s first ever 100pt wine from Washington. We’ve offered the wine once before – the 2008 vintage back in 2011 – and that was with a parcel size of 12 bottles. This year’s parcel is marginally bigger, but still barely large enough to warrant an offer, so I’ll stop there and turn it over to the winery: This revered Syrah, and for good reason, has it all. Cured olive, game, dried herbs, dark fruit all hung on velvet theater drapes. Just wow. There is only one Royal City in American wine!
Please limit order requests to 12 bottles of The Boy, 6 bottles of The Hidden, and 3 bottles of Royal City, 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.