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Author: David Schildknecht
Having spent 27 months in barrel, K Vintners' 2009 Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard from the Wahluke Slope might be taken as a test case and directional marker for the longer elevage that is going to become K Vintners' norm. But I am not ready to extrapolate too boldly from a single slight disappointment, especially on the basis of one early assessment. Scents of bacon fat ' I have good reason to believe ' can be traced to the brand and toasting of barrels used (40% of which were new) as much as to inherent Syrah character. Soy, red licorice, mocha, and suggestions of fresh sour and dried cherries point toward the complexity, but also engender a somewhat sweet-tart bifurcation that emerges on the palate. There is a slight bit of gum-numbing from the tannin (which didn't dissipate open overnight). Credit this with intense flavor interest and sheer persistence even despite some drying, but, tentatively, it strikes me that the time in barrel here was too long for optimum expressiveness not to mention fruit retention. If the present showing turns out from a short term perspective to have been a weak phase, then one will be able to intelligently speculate on its potential longevity at that time.
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Author: Harvey Steiman
Offers freshness, purity and depth in a sleek package, with rose petal accents to the ripe blackberry, dark plum and brioche aromas and flavors. Lingers with deftness on the finish.
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