K Vintners & Sixto & Substance Tasting

Walla Walla Tasting Room

Tasted June 18, 2019 - April 26, 2020 by 3daywinereview.com with 152 views

Introduction

This is one of the best tasting experiences in Walla Walla. To be able to taste almost the whole lineup is quite a treat. Most tasting rooms are pouring only six or seven wines. Of course the spit bucket got a healthy workout as this one.

Flight 1 - The Whites (8 notes)

Loved all of them. They are complex and have some body which is not the case of too many Washington State whites. Not a fan of the stainless steel fermented Chardonnays. The top wine was the 2016 Roza Hills.

White
2017 K Vintners Viognier Art Den Hoed Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
91 points
Another solid vintage of this wine. Fermented in Neutral French Oak and features floral, apricots, pear and minerals. Medium finish. Very nice wine.
White - Off-dry
2016 K Vintners Jet City Riesling Reserve USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley
90 points
Minerals, apple, spice, floral and pear. Short to medium finish. Good acidity. Very nice wine for under $20.
White
2016 SIXTO Chardonnay Uncovered USA, Washington
91 points
Sixto continues to produce some of my favorite Chardonnays from Washington. More complexity and depth to them. Too many are making very neutral, boring Chardonnays. Minerals, apple, spice and pear. Mild oak on the finish. Drink now to 2023.
White
2016 SIXTO Chardonnay Frenchman Hills USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
92 points
Spice, orange peel, oak, apple and Carmel. Complex wine and you could actually decant this wine. Amazingly when I was in the tasting room in Walla Walla I got an email from a local St. Paul Wine Shop that was offering this wine on their Monday Madness deal for $30 a bottle. Easy six pack purchase.
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White
2015 SIXTO Chardonnay Frenchman Hills USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
92 points
Stone fruits, minerals, lemon, sour apple and neutral oak influence. Complex, fruit driven wine. Medium plus finish and good acidity. Consume these over the next six years.
White
2015 SIXTO Chardonnay Roza Hills USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
92 points
Mild oak, pear, Carmel and spices. Complex wine and nice finish. This should drink well for another five plus years.
White
2016 SIXTO Chardonnay Roza Hills USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
93 points
Tropical fruit, mild oak, vanilla, spice and minerals. Medium plus finish and good acidity. Another winner from Sixto and a little more intense than the other Chardonnays in the lineup.
White
2016 SIXTO Chardonnay Moxee USA, Washington
91 points
My least favorite in the Sixto lineup but that is not saying much as I gave this wine 91 points. Lemon, pear, sour apple and floral notes. Short to medium finish.

Flight 2 - K Reds (10 notes)

Wow! The Syrah wines are the star for sure. Rock Garden continues to be a great value Syrah and rivals many around the world. The Rose was also impressive.

Rosé
2018 K Vintners Syrah Rosé Walla Walla Valley USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
90 points
Strawberry, raspberries, floral an stone. I still believe the best Rose wines are made from Rhone varietals. I love Syrah & the blended wines. This wine is an excellent example of complexity in a Rose.
Red
2016 K Vintners The Boy USA, Washington
92 points
Another great Grenache wine from Washington State. Fragrant wine with Garrique, stone, raspberries, earth and dust. While not a Southern Rhone wine it certainly has some similar characteristics. Drink now to 2025.
Red
2016 K Vintners Syrah Motor City Kitty Oldfield-Boushey Vineyard USA, Washington
91 points
Smoke, roasted meats, black pepper and dark fruits. Medium plus finish. This is drinking well now but recommend a good decant or drink after 2022.
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Red
2016 K Vintners Syrah Rockgarden USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
94 points
Wow! Classic rocks vineyard quality. Funk, spice, raspberries, blueberries, smoke and white pepper. K is making some of the best Syrah wines in the world for the money. This is no exception.
Red
2016 K Vintners Syrah Phil Lane USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
93 points
Lots of potential here. Plum, black olives, smoke, chocolate and pepper. A bit tight and needs time but the wine should evolve. Drink 2022 to 2030.
Red
2016 K Vintners The Creator USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
92 points
80% Cabernet Sauvignon/20% Syrah. Another hit with blueberries, Bing cherries, oak, vanilla, floral and pencil lead. Medium to long finish. Complex wine and aging will reward these bottles. 92-94.
Red
2016 K Vintners Malbec Broncho Stoneridge Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
90 points
$70 for a domestic Malbec? I like it but half the price would work for me. Cherry, plum, spice and earth. Medium plus finish. Very drinkable right now.
Red
2016 K Vintners El Jefe Stoneridge Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
92 points
Tempranillo seems to be a logical grape to plant more of in Washington as all of the wines I have sampled have been excellent. Very smooth wine with cherry, raspberries, earth, floral and stone. Certainly would not mistake this for Rioja or Riberia but enjoyable.
Red
2016 K Vintners Guido USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
90 points
Solid offering. Pretty wine with floral, earth, red currants and subtle spice. Very smooth, medium plus finish. Drink now to 2024.
Red
2016 K Vintners Syrah River Rock Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
93 points
This wine continues to impress on every vintage I have tasted. This features dust, cherry, stone, floral and pepper. Medium to long finish. Complex and multilayered. Drink now to 2028.

Flight 3 - Substance (4 notes)

These wines benefited by being opened for six plus hours. I would not recommend drinking these young.
Interesting to those who say one can't do a tasting pour and predict a wine. I nailed the Motor City and Boy but the Guido hopefully will improve over time.

Red
2014 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Super Substance Stoneridge Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
92 points
Cherry, spice, plum, menthol and earth. This wine was rocking on this occasion and it helped it had some air time. Decant this for a few hours if drinking currently however these will age for another six/seven years.
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Red
2015 Substance BX Klein Vineyard USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
92 points
Great potential here. Pencil lead, blueberries, smoke, oak, earth and rose petals. Medium to long finish and this wine needs a heavy decant or hold until 2023.
Red
2016 K Vintners Guido USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
90 points
Day 1: Certainly not a traditional Sangiovese. Spice, red hots, floral and bright fruits. Too much heat for my liking. Loved the Motor City Kitty and the Boy but this is not to my liking. Might get better over a few days. 85 points
Day 2: This is why I do day 2 and 3!!! Transformation time. Floral, spice, earth, sour cherries and minerals. This is quite tasty. Not in the league of the Boy or Motor City but certainly a game changer on day 2. 90 points
Day 3: Again better than day 1. Mild funk, minerals, floral, spices and earth. A little burnt toast on the finish. 89 points
Recommendation: Don't buy this if you are seeking Chianti. I would not purchase again but at $20 it was worth a try but not full retail.
Red
2016 K Vintners Syrah Motor City Kitty Oldfield-Boushey Vineyard USA, Washington
93 points
Day 1: Medium purple. Just smoking! Mild funk, roasted meats, menthol, black pepper, blackberries, dark cherries and dark chocolate. A big wine but no heat. Certainly some spices mixed in. Medium plus finish and delicious.
Day 2: A little bit better with funk, roasted meats, pepper, blackberries, black licorice and dark chocolate. Medium plus finish and concentrated wine. 92.5 points.
Day 3: Even better. This is a long term ager. Black pepper, roasted meats, blackberries, dark cherries, some wood and dark chocolate. Reminds me of a well made Aussie Shiraz of the early 2000s. Very big but balanced. 93 points
Recommendation: Buy and sit on for 3 to 5 years. This will drink through 2030.

Closing

Wow. Great tasting and amazing to try all of these wines in one tasting.

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