2017 K Phil Lane Syrah

2017 K Phil Lane Syrah

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Black plum, game, fireplace ash. The smell is WOW! Does this come from grapes? Indeed. Violets, blackberry, cured meat and cold stone. Fresh, seamless, lingering and awesome. –Charles

Current & Past Scores

98 Points, James Suckling

“This is a very classy, sophisticated wine with very firm, fine tannins. Linear and exciting. The is the La Landonne of Washington. It’s full and tight with a long, flavorful finish. Complex and beautiful now, but better in 2022 and onwards.”

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

“From a tiny site on the eastern side of Walla Walla (all Phelps clone), the 2017 Syrah Phil Lane offers a Rocks-like bouquet of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, cured meats, and ground pepper as well as a kiss of bloody, iron-like notes. It’s medium to full-bodied and has a terrific sense of freshness and purity, lots of fine tannins, and a great finish. It will drink well for 15 years. Unfortunately, there are only 117 cases produced.”


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

Phil Lane (100%): Located in the Walla Walla Valley, K’s first estate vineyard and part of the original homestead property. Soil composition consists of Yakima cobbler loam in ancient riverbed. This well-drained site is part of the Mill Creek drainage system, resulting in a cooler climate than other parts of the valley. The vines are trained very low to take advantage of the radiant heat provided by the large cobbles. Floral aromatics like lavender and lilac are common. The vineyard is named for Phil Lane Sr., who raised his family on the property. His colorful past included amateur and professional boxing, the first Native American to obtain a degree in forestry, two citations from President Lyndon B. Johnson, a passion for training quarter horses, and a love for the Wallowa and Blue Mountains.


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.