2017 K Motor City Kitty Syrah

$35.00

Bacon fat, camphor, black Italian cherry, Asian spices, olive, black pepper, dried orange peel, sea salt, cold stone and cool fireplace ash. All this held together with great tension and displayed upon the palate as pure silk.

—Charles

Current & Past Scores 

96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) (v2016) 
“Coming from the highest point in the Boushey vineyard and a mix of Syrah clones, the 2016 Motor City Kitty Old Field Boushey Vineyard was fermented all in concrete (no destemming) and brought up in neutral oak. Game, olives, white pepper, and darker fruits all emerge from this Côte Rôtie look-alike. With medium to full-bodied richness and a layered texture, it’s one of the greatest values out there, so if you see a bottle, you should buy it.” 

96 Points, James Suckling (v2016) 
“From the Oldfield-Boushey Vineyard, this has a deep color and a wild, exotic nose with such peppery complexity. Really intense palate with depth and focus. The dark plums and blackberries are striking and the pepper continues here and there’s an expansive feel to the finish. It builds and holds in impressive, bold and confident form. Try from 2022 and a decade after that.” 

Vineyard 
The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices. Boushey Oldfield Block (100%): Owned by Dick Boushey, one of the premier vineyard owners in Washington State. This vineyard was planted by Dick with the help of Brennon Leighton. This is the highest elevation plot and has a southwestern slope and sandy volcanic soils. Three clones of Syrah are planted on this site: 383, 174 and Joseph Phelps. 

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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