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2014 Charles Smith K Vintners Klein Syrah

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery; Consignor is original owner

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

96-99The Wine Advocate

...lots of gunpowder, graphite, savory herbs, olives and background meatiness, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a thick, unctuous texture, sweet tannin and terrific length.

96James Suckling

Has strong, dark-pepper notes and a wealth of dark chocolate and black cherries, not to mention blood plums and blackberries.

91Wine Spectator

Brooding and tannic, with expressive notes of bacon fat, blackberry and wet slate shining through.

91+ Stephen Tanzer

Aromas of black cherry and licorice convey a medicinal reserve. Densely packed, thick and concentrated but juicy too, boasting terrific intensity of fruit leavened by a black pepper element.

REGION

United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla Valley AVA likes to call itself the Napa Valley of Washington, and given the concentration of well-reviewed wineries in the appellation, the comparison is understandable. The Walla Walla appellation is comprised of 340,000 acres, of which 1,200 acres are vineyards. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington and it extends slightly into northeastern Oregon. It is named after the Walla Walla River Valley, and the city of Walla Walla is the commercial center of Washington’s wine industry. The city was founded in the 1840s by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a trading post, but as early as the 1850s farmers were planting grapes for winemaking. Prohibition shuttered winemaking in the early 20th century, but a winemaking renaissance started in the 1970s when Leonetti Cellars, still one of the state’s most acclaimed wineries, started producing acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla’s AVA status was awarded in 1984 and today there are more than 100 wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape, followed by Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese Chardonnay and Viognier.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.