K Vintners The Boy 2016
Located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla Valley, Washington State, Charles Smith opened his first winery, K Vintners, in December of 2001. The first release, 1999 K Syrah, initiated the style of winemaking that Charles continues today: small lots of single vineyard Syrahs and field blends of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Viognier, all of which are hand-picked, fermented with naturally occurring yeasts and basket pressed.
In the previous vintage, the Wine Advocate raved about his 'The Boy' Grenache saying it was, 'reminiscent of a top vintage of Emmanuel Reynaud's Château des Tours, this belongs on any short list of the best Grenache being produced in North America.'
Made of 100% Grenache from Walla Walla including fruit from the Powerline Vineyard, a 30-acre Estate Vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, just south of Walla Walla in the Walla Walla Valley AVA. The soils are well draining with cobblestone river rocks and underlying layers of sand and gravel deposits, allowing vines to develop very deep and strong roots. The cobblestone rock was brought down river from the Blue Mountains and deposited on top of the ancient river bed. The deep sand and silt below the stones bring a great purity to the grapes, while high elevations keep acids high and alcohol low, producing very well-balanced wines with remarkable complex characters. Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak, according to Charles, this is 'vibrant, transparent and exhilarating on many layers. Plum, stone, green olive. This wine unfolds with pain grillé, tobacco leaf, roasted earth as it continues on with subtle yet fragrant floral tones. Wrapped up in silky texture that continues without end. OH BOY... IT’S SO GOOD! - Charles Smith
|Region||United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley|
Jeb DunnuckIn the running for the best Grenache from Washington, the 2016 Grenache The Boy Powerline Vineyard is a single vineyard release from a site in the Walla Walla Valley and was brought up in neutral oak. It has a Rayas-like perfume of rose petals, black raspberries, cherries, spice, and smoked meat. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, thrilling textured, seamless Grenache that has a stacked mid-palate, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. Hats off to the team at K Vintners for this incredible Grenache!
Wine SpectatorDistinctive yet refined, with vivid raspberry, smoky meat and spicy orange compote aromas that lead to complex and rich flavors and polished tannins. Drink now through 2026. 1,138 cases made.
Wine AdvocateWith sweet spiced cherries that fill the glass, the 2016 The Boy is open and enjoyable now, showing cinnamon and dusty licorice on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, the wine has a balanced structure on the palate with a soft sweetness to counter the tannins and acidity. It ends with a lingering finish of confectionary sugar and dusty Twizzlers. 1,138 cases produced.