K syrah clifton

Syrah, "Clifton" 2011

K Vintners

Wow. Focused, rich and kick-ass -- serious stuff here! A shopping list of complexities: raw meat, cedar, forest floor, coffee grounds and Asian five-spice. Plenty of round, refined tannins and a length finish.

Country:
USA
Region:
Columbia Valley
Appellation/ava:
Wahluke Slope
Vineyard designation:
Clifton Hill Vineyard
Vintage:
2012
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
100% Syrah
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
93

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Aging:
30% new French oak (30 months)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Sustainable
Alcohol percentage:
15
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
430

Reviews

  • "93 points. The 2011 Syrah Clifton Vineyard gives up loads of wood smoke, tobacco, olive and black currant, as well as medium to full-bodied richness, solid mid-palate depth and sweet tannin that emerges on the finish. It still has some oak to integrate, so give it a year in the cellar and enjoy bottles over the following 7 to 8 years." (Wine Advocate)
  • "92 points. Less primary than the Millbrandt on the nose, offering soil-driven scents of smoke, forest floor and bloody steak. Then sweet, sappy and youthfully imploded, showing excellent energy to its cherry, spice and smoked meat flavors. This savory wine is most impressive on the back end today, with the very long finish displaying excellent structure and grip." (vinous)

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