2005 K Vintners Syrah Milbrandt Wahluke Slope
Washington state is producing outstanding red wines, with rich flavors, strong backbones, and fine tannins and structure. The 2005 K Vintners Milbrandt Syrah, from the Wahluke Slope in the Columbia Valley, has dark cherry and boysenberry flavors, with a strong hit of earth, bacon, smoke and dark oak. Aged in 30 percent new oak barrels, the wine is lush and intense, but with a clean finish and just a little tannin and a pinch of mint/cedar. The black and white pepper spice gives the K Syrah Milbrandt a great kick, and makes it a great partner with barbecue ribs, grilled lamb or steak au poivre. Drink this beauty now, or sometime within the next five years.Winemaker and owner Charles Smith started K Vintners with the 1999 vintage. His Andr The Giant hair and black T-shirts are holdovers from his days as an indie rock band manager in northern Europe. His California roots were awakened when he drove through Washington in the late 1990s. Shortly thereafter he founded K Vintners. The Wahluke Slope is a new appellation, approved in 2006, situated in south-central Washington. It is a part of the larger Columbia Valley appellation. Due to glacial melting and flooding, the Wahluke Slope is one big gravel and sand pit with awesome drainage. Coupled with a climate warmer than the surrounding area, this makes for ideal growing conditions for syrah. The 2005 K Vintners Milbrandt Syrah is $38.
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