2017 K Rockgarden Syrah - 1.5L

$130.00

This is it! Asian Five Spice, licorice and grilled lamb. Freshness and energy that you rarely find in the rocks. Lavender, white and black pepper and crushed stone. Taut. Long. Great. BIG. BOLD. —Charles

Current & Past Scores

96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

This great site in the Rocks region of Walla Walla has produced a gamey, meaty 2017 Syrah Rockgarden that sports a medium ruby/plum color, Hermitage-like notes of blackcurrants, graphite, smoked game, pepper, and leafy herb, medium to full body, ripe, powerful tannins, and a great finish. There are just 361 cases made, but it’s a brilliant wine.

95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) (v2016)

“Coming from a site in the Rocks region of the Walla Walla Valley, the 2016 Syrah RockGarden boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of red fruits, spring flowers, ground pepper, and assorted leafy, herbal notes. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, and just a straight-up sexy wine, drink it any time over the coming decade.”

93 Points, Wine Spectator (v2016)

“Expressive river stone and blueberry aromas open to silky and refined raspberry, licorice and black olive flavors that build on the dynamic finish. Drink now through 2026.”

93 Points, James Suckling (v2016)

“An intense peppery edge with dried-rose and potpourri notes, leading to a palate that has a lean and focused edge with a fleshy mid-palate and a forthright, dark-fruited finish. Drink or hold.”

Vineyard

The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.

Rockgarden (100%): Planted in 2006, in the cobblestones of the rocks in Walla Walla and Freewater with very cobble loam soil. With high density planting at six by four feet, both Phelps and Tablas Creek clones are planted in the ten-acre site. This is a beautiful spot that produces very distinctive wines.

Vintage

Vintage 2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for heathy 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.

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