Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on March 23, 2008:
Back from detoxifying after a week of drinking milk, good ol’ homemade stew was on the big board so why not open up the most catchy name for a WA wine yet? K syrah. Well, to be specific, the Milbrandt Vineyard version since Charles Smith makes like 7 or 8 syrahs. Whatever will be, will be…dude.
This former Bainbridge Island wine shop owner has become the icon for “outside the box” winemaking and marketing here in WA land. His labels are so simple, yet…how else can I say it?…iconic. “House Wine” with a child-like drawing of a house. I’ve seen take-offs on this simple concept, “Steak House” “Fish House”, and isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Well, none of this would matter much (think “Marilyn Merlot”) if the wine wasn’t much good. And that’s why I had to find out. I bought this bottle by chance after exploring the QFC Lynnwood wine department (surprisingly good WA wine selections).
After another long week at the moneymaker and a stormy weekend that kept me indoors, I was ready for a knockout red to re-amp my spirit. Good ol’ beef stew…my go-to comfort food. I thought about opening a malbec or a blend, but only a good syrah could match up with a hearty stew, I thought. And I was right. The wine color on the cork was a healthy purple, which suggested only good things to come.
Nose: hefty fruit. Color: deep purple. Mouthfeel: balanced and deft. Tail trail: 6 seconds…it just endured with a little spiciness the whole way. Just a good dose of fruit and nothing much else. It ain’t cab. It ain’t merlot. It ain’t no blend. Real syrah with no added funkiness.
Alcohol: 14.5%. AVA: Wahluke Slope. Tastes of subtle smoke, raspberries, and violets.
Rated: 90. Value: $35. Paid: $25. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated, but not uncouth.