K Vintners

Charles Smith

Charles Smith

Charles Smith’s explosion onto the world wine scene has been nothing less than phenomenal. Winemaker Charles Smith managed Rock & Roll bands in Europe for 11 years before moving to Walla Walla and starting K Vintners on a shoestring. While Charles’ wines radiate the excitement of his Rock & Roll roots, they are grounded in serious quality and value. Charles bottles his brands under several labels. Charles Smith Wines are made for the way that most wines are being consumed today - the day that they are purchased - and are equal parts accessible, affordable and top quality. Charles also produces some of the most interesting and highly rated Syrah in America under his original K Vintners label. K Vintners’ wines are made in very small quantities and are crafted to appeal to the most discriminating connoisseurs. In the past 10 years Charles Smith Wines and K Vintners have garnered 66 scores of 95 points and above and over 300 scores of 90 points and above from the leading U.S. wine publications : Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, and Wine Enthusiast.

 

Website

houseofsmith.com/brands/kvintners-wines/

Country

America

Region

Washington

Appellation

Ancient Lakes, Columbia Valley, Snipes Mountain, Yakima Valley, Washington, Walla Walla Valley, Wahluke Slope


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Wines from this Winery


K Vintners Art Den Hoed Viognier

Honeysuckle, Asian pear, lilac and wisteria. This seductive wine is elegant and layered with white peach, apricot, melon, apple blossom and cool stone. Mouth-filling and fresh. A sophisticated beauty. Vineyard The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices. Art Den Hoed (100%): Made entirely from Art Den Hoed’s vineyard in lower Yakima Valley, this site is unique because it sits at 1300 ft. in elevation, making it one of the cooler vineyards in the area with excellent air drainage. We source from two blocks of Viognier, the older planted in 2000 and the newest planted in 2006.

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¥4,500
K Vintners Syrah Milbrandt

A milestone and the best one ever. Seamless on the nose? Go figure. Laser focus. Cool fireplace ash, Bing cherry, nori, oil-curedolives, mouth-filling with minerality to spare. A true classic.

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¥5,900
K Vintners Syrah The Deal

This Syrah saturates the palate with aromas and flavor.  Black plum, shiitake, toasted rye, tangerine zest, dried tarragon and aged soy sauce. There are many more that could be added  to this list. All this perfectly knitted together with the most compelling and harmonious fashion. The wine keeps its end of the bargain and it’s the real deal!

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¥6,000
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K Vintners Powerline Viognier

Exotic aromas rise from the glass. Mango, orange peel and honeysuckle lead the parade to the palate.  Supple, pleasing with depth, elegance and hints of apricot, apple blossom, star anise and a kiss of brioche.  Carry this all the way to the long satysfying finish. This Viognier is a true revelation.

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¥7,500
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K Vintners Syrah Powerline Vineyard

Smooth tlike porcelain and aromas that echo the history of Syrah. Black pepper, forest floor, suede, pipe tobacco, lavender and flavors of the same and more for this earthbound wine. Dried plum, sarsaparilla, stone on tongue and green olive. Mediun-bodied. Full-flavored. Flowless. 98 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) (v2015) “Made from 100% Syrah, the 2015 Syrah Powerline Vineyard is much more backward, brooding, and mineral-laced, with sensational notes of blackcurrants, cassis, crushed rock, and tapenade. A true powerhouse on the palate, with terrific concentration, building tannin, and a great, great finish, it's a singular, incredible wine that does everything right. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade.” 98 points, 2015vintage, Vinous/ Tanzer “(from vines in a rocky ancient river bed): Saturated ruby-red. Complex musky nose melds blackberry, boysenberry, mocha, crushed rock, licorice and herbs. Classically dry but smooth and suave, with purple fruit and graphite flavors lifted by black petter and complicated by a saline quality. Hints of nuts and game contribute an element of wildness. A real essence of Syrah--a bit uncompromising today but with essentially easygoing tannins.”

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¥7,500
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K Vintners Charlotte

Gorgeous. Intriguing. Perfumed. Aromas, flavors and mouthfeel are a riot of deliciousness. All  together like a thousand layered confection. Black cherry, lilac, olive tapenade, molasses and  yuzu. Sound delicious? IT IS!

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¥9,000
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K Vintners Cattle King Syrah

Can you smell density? Well, I can in one whiff of this very heady Syrah. Compact and powerful. It unleashes black and red fruit, broken stone, iodine, hung meat upon the senses. Iron fist in a velvet glove. A wine for the ages.

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¥11,000
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K Vintners Syrah The Beautiful

Say my name! The Beautiful, that’s right! A sophisticated perfume of Asian spice, camphor, black olive, undergrowth that continues on the palate. Black fruit compote, campfire.  Fresh and as long as a Swedish Midsummer night. Did I say beautiful? Yes, I did

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¥11,000
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K Vintners Syrah The Hidden

Multi-layered Syrah from the ancient soils of Northridge Vineyard. Super focused black cherry,  plum and lavender run riot in the nose. The palate is not to be outdone with black molasses,  velvet smoking jacket, wild mint, black crushed volcanic rock, silky tannins, vibrant energy and a persistence that cotinues the ridiculously long finish.

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¥12,500
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K Vintners Royal City Syrah

This wine walks into the room and announces, “I’m Royal City!” From the first whiff there is no doubt, uber complex nose, black olive, cured meat, camphor, forest floor with an ever expanding palate. Long and beguiling, this is Royal City. 95 Points, Wine Enthusiast (v2014) “Coming from the Royal Slope, which no doubt will deservedly have its own appellation before long, enchanting aromas of ground rock, green olive, green stem, crushed flower and dark fruit lead to a panoply of fruit and savory flavors that shake the senses to the core, with smoked meat notes persisting on the long finish. It’s an intense experience but maintains a sense of balance that is heart stopping. Drink from 2020- 2027.” 98 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (v2013) “A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2013 Syrah Royal City is as expansive, sexy and voluptuous as they get in the vintage, hands down. It’s deep ruby/purple color is followed by incredible notes of wild herbs, lavender, gamey meats, olive paste and sweet dark berry fruits. Full-bodied, relatively forward and charming, it still packs a wealth of material and has building tannin, all suggesting it will drink nicely for 10-15 years.”

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¥25,000
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