Located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla (Washington State), Charles Smith opened his first winery, K Vintners, in December of 2001. The first release,1999 K Syrah from Walla Walla Valley, 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, foot-stomped, fermented with naturally occurring yeasts and basket pressed.View Supplier Page
|Region||Walla Walla, WA|
Light golden colour.
Beautiful. Aromatic. Layered. A bouquet of blossoms. Tangerine apple, pear and wisteria.
Italian melon, Gala apple, clove and lemon meringue soothes your mouth. A delicate cascade of mineral washes over the palate. Complex and complete as you swoon with satisfaction.
Food pairings of raw and or cooked shelfish; crab, prawns, grilled fish. Also goes well with chicken and fish pates.
Frenchman Hills (33%): This vineyard was planted in 1998 and is about a 30-minute drive north of the Wahluke Slope, which is one of the warmest areas in the Columbia Valley. However, Frenchman Hills Vineyard is a cooler site, partly because of its higher elevation at 1650 feet. It also does not easily frost, and has limestone and broken basalt soils at the top of the vineyard.
Roza Hills (32%): At an elevation of 1350 feet, in a natural southern sloping bowl that sits on the southern slope of the Rattlesnake Hills, Roza Hills was planted in 1977. The majority of the vineyard is planted in a loamy silt to chalky soil with broken basalt chunks interspersed.
High River (28%): Located on the east side of Columbia River, High River has sandy soil with volcanic rock and a temperate micro-climate.
Moxee (7%): Planted in 1973, Moxee is located east of Yakima and north of Moxee. The west facing slope is about 1450 feet elevation. The soil is Moxee silt loam with broken limestone.
"Aromas of candied ginger, baked pear and fresh herbs. Full-bodied with a lovely, oily texture. Layered flavors of chamomile and lavender at the beginning, but turns toward fresh cream and then the note of candied ginger on the nose returns. Linear and balanced. Drink now."
"Brought up 11 months in barrels, the 2020 Chardonnay Ch offers plenty of citrus, honeycomb, and chamomile-like aromatics in a medium-bodied, fresh, juicy, vibrant package. It has some chalky minerality on the finish and is best drunk in its youth."
"A golden yellow color in the glass, the 2020 Ch Chardonnay offers aromas of blown sand, yellow apple and pastry cream with elements of popcorn kernel and sweet citrus. Medium-bodied, the wine offers a delightful mineral and textural drive over the mid-palate before expressing a clean and delightful finish that delivers at a great price. The wine rested in 25% new French oak. Just over 400,000 bottles were produced."
''A straightforward, fruity chardonnay with sliced ripe apple and some vanilla character. It's medium-bodied with a firm texture and a pleasing, juicy and flavorful finish. Hint of toasty character. Barrel-fermented with native yeasts. Drink now.''
"Juicy and rich, this offers pear, clove and toasty spice flavors that fan out on the plump finish."
"Sourced from a host of vineyards including Evergreen, Roza Hills and Moxee, the 2019 Chardonnay Ch was aged for nine months prior to bottling and underwent native yeast fermentation. The outstanding nose features Bananas Foster, pear and vanilla cream tones. ... this offers really good value."
"Produced by K Vintners, Wines Of Substance 2019 Chardonnay is a dry, medium-bodied solid Chard with fresh red apple, toasty oak, lemon zest and vanilla flavours juicy and satisfying on the palate. Chill and enjoy with a seafood chowder."
"Lots of pure honeycomb, white flowers, and honeyed citrus notes emerge from the 2019 Chardonnay Ch, a medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured, balanced Chardonnay. I wouldn't push the aging curve too much, yet it's going to benefit from 6-12 months of bottle age and have at least 2-3 years of prime drinking."
''This is a foursquare white with sliced-apple, pear and cream aromas and flavors. Just a touch of vanilla. Full bodied and lightly oily with a long, flavorful finish. Purity of fruit here. Juicy at the end. Drink or hold.''
''All barrel fermented Chardonnay from Frenchman Hills Vineyard brought up in 15% new oak, the 2018 Chardonnay Ch offers plenty of orchard fruits, honeyed flowers, and brioche notes as well as a medium-bodied, round, beautifully textured style on the palate. It's another smoking value from this team.''