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Syrah, "Cattle King" 2012

K Vintners

Concentrated! A thrill just to smell the blackberries, crushed rock, licorice. Even better with cool campfire, floral and graphite palate. Destined to be a K classic!

Country:
USA
Region:
Yakima Valley
Appellation/ava:
Snipes Mountain
Vineyard designation:
Upland Vineyard
Vintage:
2012
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
100% Syrah
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
99

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Aging:
60% new French oak (22 months)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Sustainable
Alcohol percentage:
13.5
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
612

Reviews

  • "99 points. One of the greatest Syrahs coming out of Washington is the 2012 Syrah Cattle King, and it's every bit as good as the more widely known Royal City Syrah. Coming from the Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain, my notes start with "wow," and then include a few more expletives. Exhibiting sensational notes of blackberry, cassis, licorice, crushed flowers, crushed rocks and graphite, this inky colored 2012 is full-bodied, massively concentrated and seamless, with incredible purity and length. If I had a bottle, I'd drink it tonight. Nevertheless, I'm sure it will evolve gracefully for at least another decade." (Wine Advocate)
  • "93+ points. Deep, bright ruby. Brooding aromas of dark berries, black cherry, boysenberry, licorice and crushed granite, plus a suggestion of amaro bitterness. Densely packed, primary and energetic, with powerful dark fruit and earth flavors currently cut off on the finish by youthful tannins. This extremely impressive Syrah is a baby today. Leighton believes it will evolve in bottle for 30 years." (vinous)

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