2016 Charles Smith Royal City Stoneridge Vineyard

Syrah - 750ML
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JD 99 JS 97 WA 97
JD 99

jebdunnuck.com, April 2020

The flagship release, the 2016 Syrah Royal City is all from the Stoneridge Vineyard on the Royal Slope (not far from the Frenchman Hills). It was not destemmed and spent 27 months in 60% new French oak. Offering a...
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, May 2020

Another mind bender and intense with leafy, red-bean, green coffee-bean and dried-strawberry character. Great palate. Medium to full body. A night-long bottle. Drink now.
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2020

Lighter in style than previous vintages, the 2016 Syrah Royal City begins with a core of dark fruit with a sturdy oak backbone that gives way to a rocky essence and mineral expression with soft, elegant baking spice...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region Washington
Sub-region Columbia Valley
Appellation Walla Walla
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the exquisite 2016 Charles Smith Royal City Stoneridge Vineyard Syrah. This red gem hails from the esteemed Columbia Valley region of Washington, USA, specifically the Walla Walla appellation. Crafted by the renowned producer, Charles Smith, this wine is the epitome of elegance and sophistication.

As you pour this crimson elixir into your glass, you'll be captivated by its deep, alluring color. With a cork closure, this wine invites you to savor each moment, knowing that you are about to experience something truly extraordinary.

The first aromas that greet your senses are those of blackcurrants, baking chocolate, and toasted spice. These captivating scents are joined by hints of beef blood and loamy earth, adding layers of complexity and intrigue. The bouquet builds slowly, enticing you further with its depth and richness.

On the palate, this Syrah showcases its full-bodied nature and silky tannins. The power and elegance of this wine are truly remarkable. It coats your mouth with a velvety texture, leaving a lasting impression. The finish is nothing short of great, lingering on and on, beckoning you to take another sip.

But don't just take my word for it. Esteemed wine critics have also fallen under the spell of this wine. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it an astounding score of 99 points, praising its sensational bouquet and beautiful power. James Suckling, another respected critic, bestowed a score of 97 points, describing it as a "mind bender" with intense flavors and a great palate. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also recognized its excellence, awarding it 97 points and applauding its delightful array of spice expressions.

In conclusion, the 2016 Charles Smith Royal City Stoneridge Vineyard Syrah is a wine that demands attention and admiration. With its impeccable balance, complexity, and remarkable finish, it is truly a masterpiece. Whether you enjoy it now or cellar it for a couple of decades, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast fortunate enough to experience it.