2014 K Vintners Syrah Rock Garden
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $47.94 (reg. $58.94)
Of all K Vintner’s distinctive wines, the Rock Garden Syrah might be the most wild and singular bottle made by the unique and innovative Charles Smith. An exceptionally rocky site in Walla Walla sitting at about 1,250’, the Rock Garden vineyard was planted in 2006 with Phelps and Tablas Creek clones. Charles Smith has been sourcing fruit from Rock Garden since 2012, and its become a reference point for WA state Syrah. The elegant floral and red fruit aromas coming off the surface are matched by classic savory flavors of roasted meat and striking minerality. This is everything you could want from a Washington State Syrah and to a standard we’ve come to expect from Charles Smith. At $47.94, this is hands down the lowest price available for any vintage of the Rock Garden, and a no-brainer buy for lovers of elegant Washington State Syrah.
Charles Smith has a serious reputation as WA state’s leading maverick winemaker, and the Wine Advocate has described Smith as among “the top tier of producers” in the state, responsible for “some of Washington’s finest wines.” Smith spares no expense for the Rock Garden Syrah, giving the 100% organically and sustainably farmed fruit the special treatment; that’s 18 months in French oak puncheons (40% new) and a serious 41-day maceration, leading to intense mouth coating levels of extract, refined tannin, and terrific structure. This is an absolute steal for what is among the top producers of Rhone varietals in Washington, so grab some today!