K Vintners and Substance
Rock Star Wines of Washington State
Charles Smith’s K Vintners and Substance wines need very little introduction, as they are some of our most popular year in and out. The new releases just arrived and they’re highly praised and highly allocated, as usual. Fortunately, you can shop the complete selection on our web store now.
If you’re unfamiliar with the winery, … Read the rest
The wines of K Vintners need very little introduction, as the wines Charles Smith makes under this label are some of our most popular year in and out. The new releases arrive next month and they’re highly praised and highly allocated, as usual. Three wines in particular stand out for their combination of scores and price and we expect the Beautiful, Hidden, and Cattle King bottlings to go the fastest, so if those wines look appealing to you, jump on them post haste. It’s likely we’ll sell out of several other bottlings before they arrive, but those will go the fastest.
Shop the New K Vintners Release Here!
If you’re unfamiliar with the winery, know that Charles Smith fashions himself a bit of a rock star and he ought to—he used to manage them. … Read the rest
The Legendary 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle
Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage “La Chapelle”, Rhone 2015 750ML ($319.95) Buy Now: $236
The 2015 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle has already reached legendary status. Between the wine’s consistently excellent track record and the quality of the 2015 vintage, we knew that this was going to be a wine to pay attention to. Jeb Dunnuck rated the wine a perfect 100 points and it was the highest rated Northern Rhone in Vinous (98 points). All of this is to say that we expect this to remain a coveted wine for decades to come (and for good reason).
The hill of Hermitage is both one of the most famous wine landmarks in the world and also so much more interesting than common lore purports it to be.… Read the rest
DuMOL Russian River Valley Syrah, Sonoma County 2012 750ML ($69.95) Buy Now: $49 special
There’s a joke that “all the best California Pinot is Syrah.” The idea being that if you want ‘California Pinot’ that’s heavy, rich and bold, you’re better of buying a Syrah from the same producer. DuMOL is known for both grapes and we love their Russian River Valley Syrah. Dark, plummy and rich, it’s got all of the silky texture and powerful aromatics you would want, but it’s ten bucks cheaper. –Saul
Wine Spectator 94 points “Pure, rich and layered, with dense, mocha-laced blackberry, black licorice, dill, anise and cedar notes. The flavors keep unraveling, ending with a long, sustained finish. Best from 2015 through 2028.”… Read the rest
Matello Fool’s Journey Deux Vert Vineyard, Willamette Valley 2012 750ML ($24.95) Buy Now: $21.90 special
Today, while enjoying the fact that I live in Oregon, this wine caught my eye. Matello’s “Fool’s Journey” Syrah comes from the Willamette Valley, so it offers a lighter-toned wine which I find more reasonable than the average over-cooked Syrah. Dark fruit and spice give to a refreshing finish, thanks to a reasonable, not-hot-headed 12.8% alcohol content. From non-irrigated vines planted in 1994, the 90/10 blend of Syrah/Viognier honors its Old World roots. Oregon wines like this express pure common sense. – Daniel… Read the rest