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Charles Smith Royal City Syrah 08

Charles Smith

$149.95 Regular

in any 12 bottle order or Build a Case




Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 99 points

This wine is featured in our 2011 Collector's Case, 12 bottles of the very best BIG RED wines made in the Northwest. Cayuse, Charles Smith Royal City, Sheridan Block 1 Cab, Gorman, Baer, Maison Bleue, and more.

The Collector's Case will be released later this month. Watch our home page - there are only 12 cases available.

The 2008 Royal City Syrah was sourced from the Stoneridge Vineyard. It displays a soaring perfume of sandalwood, garrigue, lavender, smoke, bacon, game, blueberry, and black raspberry. Super-concentrated, it deftly marries power and elegance in a seamless wine that should see its 20th birthday in peak form.

I met up with Charles at his new wine bar in Walla Walla before we drove out to the winery in his 1949 Cadillac, a picture of which is on the web-site (not the deluxe model like my grandfather used to drive). It is always a highlight of my annual trip to Washington because in addition to the tasting, you get a performance but, after all is said and done, when it comes to making wine, Charles Smith is all business. He knows where the vineyards are, he believes in amazingly low yields, and in the winery he is a non-interventionist. All of the following wines were made with native ferments and were bottled without fining or filtration. - Jay Miller

Wine Spectator 96 points and "HOT WINE" for 10-5-2011!!

Savory, with layers and layers of flavor on a deftly balanced frame. The velvety style emphasizes black olive, green olive and roasted meat flavors around a subterranean core of blackberry, tar and spice. The finish rolls along unimpeded by polished tannins. Drink now through 2018. From Washington. - H.S.

2006 Vintage Tasting Notes

"Rich scents of purple fruit, smoked meat, cedar, pencil lead, moist earth and so on proclaim a wine with genuine gravitas." 100 points. - Paul Gregutt

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