K Vintners "The Hidden" Syrah Northridge Vineyard 2017 (Wahluke Slope, Washington) - [JS 98,

K Vintners "The Hidden" Syrah Northridge Vineyard 2017
(Wahluke Slope, Washington) - [JS 98, #75 Top 100 of 2020] [JD 97] [WA 96] [VM 94]

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2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for healthy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.

Tasting Notes

“Mmmm,” is my reaction to this super-saturated Syrah. Crushed coal diamonds, black currant and green olive laid out before you in a seamless celebration of Washington wine. – Winemaker, Charles Smith

Ratings & Reviews

98 Points & #75 Top 100 Wines of 2020 - James Suckling:
"Happy to see it finer-grained than some, but equally intense. Tobacco, ash and dark fruit. Some grilled meat, too. Full-bodied with a spice, white-pepper and hunan finish. Wow is all I can say! Drink or hold." - (November 16, 2020)

97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Coming from a mix of clones and the Northridge Vineyard (which is a high-density planting), the 2017 Syrah The Hidden was not destemmed and was brought up 20 months in 55% new puncheons. Deep ruby/purple, with killer minerality in its black cherry and currant fruits as well as notes of beef blood, violets, spiced meats, and spring flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful elegance and purity, fine tannins, and a great finish." - Jeb Dunnuck (4/15/2020)

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Beginning with a dusty rigidity on the nose, the 2017 Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard has a firm core of black fruits, blackberry, dark plum and dark cherry skin with hints of black pepper and dried purple flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is still firm with grippy tannins that will loosen with age, and it ends with a tannic grip and elements of worn leather and bitter black tea. Stellar!" (AM) (12/2020)

94 Points - Vinous:
"Good full, dark red. Musky raspberry, smoke, minerals, dried herbs and potpourri on the complex, inviting nose. Sweet and silky on the palate, and quite refreshing for such a structured wine. The impression of inner-mouth energy is accented by a suggestion of orange zest. (The pH is a relatively high 3.95, according to winemaker Brennon Leighton, but total acidity is sound.) More about dark raspberry, spices and flowers than game. Most impressive in the early going on the very fresh, rising, floral finish, which shows the tannic support (the serious dusty tannins reach the front teeth) for a slow evolution in bottle. This is Washington Syrah in the style of Côte-Rôtie. Impressive!" (ST) (12/2020)