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K Vintners "The Deal-Sundance Vineyard" Wahluke Slope Syrah 2012

Wine Spectator 94pts:

Plush and generous, with roasted meat and green olive flavors underlying rich currant, plum and spice character, which swirls through the long, expressive finish against refined tannins. Offers great presence and depth. Drink now through 2025. 447 cases made. (12/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 93pts:

The 2012 Syrah The Deal Sundance Vineyard is another great vintage here. Giving up lots of minerality in its classic Syrah nose of smoked meats, licorice, toasted spice and both kirsch and darker berry fruit, it's voluptuous, full-bodied, concentrated and already drinking beautifully. Given its balance, it will have a decade or more of longevity. As usual, this was a massive lineup by Washington's wild man, Charles Smith. Despite the larger-than-life persona, these wines are dead serious and are always some of the best I'm able to taste from the state. All of the Rhone varieties see 100% whole cluster, native fermentations and aging in mostly neutral French oak.

From the winemaker:

One of the oldest vineyards on the Wahluke Slope, planted in 1997. The site is topsoil over gravel, sand and broken down basalt with more caliche than other sites in the Wahluke. The vineyard, because of its aspect, is also a later ripening site allowing for great concentration.

Washington’s vintners were overjoyed at what they tasted after a growing season that tracked very much like 2008, one of the best vintages in memory. Depths of color and flavor in an abundant crop that retained its desired acidity seems to have put a smile on most winemakers’ faces. Following several cooler vintages, 2012 allowed the vines to ripen normally. The waves of fruit came in smoothly. Fruit could hang longer without worrying about getting too ripe. The steady ripening also allowed for beautiful structure
and elegance.

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Category: 2012, 90+ points, Washington

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