Multi-stage tasting with Shane feat. K Vintners, Owen Roe and mystery guests 5/12

Posted on May 11th 2010 @ 10:36 PM

TONIGHT! Wednesday, May 12 from 5:30 until 7:00pm

Stage One: Two wines. Blind and cheap…or are they?

One is from old-vine, high elevation, dry-farmed, ___________ aged in second use oak. I don’t think I would guess a) the region or b) the varietal if I had this blind. Can you? No prizes, just high fives and adulation. 

The other is from a blend of old-vine _______, _______, & ________. High elevation, organic single vineyard on volcanic slate with a southern exposure. 8 months in used French oak. Nutrient poor soils, warm southern exposure, high elevation/cold nights, and ancient vines combine to give this wine an unmistakable “geographical” signature. High acidity, low pH and highly mineralic suggests cool climate. Dark fruit character implies warm climate though. Another hint: median price of wines from this region is $35 a bottle, probably higher. Any ideas? 

Stage Two: Owen Roe 2008′s

2008 Sharecroppers Pinot Noir Oregon: Always among the best values in Oregon Pinot. This is particularly the case in the seemingly can’t miss vintage of 2008. Was $28. Now $25. $22.50 if you mix up a case of twelve. Can’t be that with a sharp stick.

2008 Ex Umbris Syrah Washington: Lots of baby fat yet, but this is fast becoming the benchmark for meaty Pacific NW Syrah. Down to $24 from $27! 

2008 Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc: What is there to say? Sultry single vineyard Cabernet Franc from Yakima. $45. 

Stage Three: 2007 K Phil Lane Walla Walla Syrah $75 for 1 or $67* for 4

2007_phil_lane_tech_sheet.jpgNow granted, I don’t put too much stock in this, but in the very same issue of the Wine Advocate in which Dr. Jay Miller gave this wine 96 points. He says, and I quote: “His 2006 collection is as good or better than anything he has done to date, although a tasting of 2007 barrel samples indicate that the best is yet to come.” Indeed. Charles K poured from an advance bottle of the 2007 Phil Lane at an infamous trade event held at the capacious Plumbers Hall on Washington. I didn’t take any notes. I didn’t have to. Syrah like this etches itself into your mind. So when Shane S. mentioned that they had received their allocation of 5 cases, I decided to act. That’s five cases of the scant 141 cases produced. 

Y’all get one crack at this wine and then it’s bye bey. 

Phil Lane: Located in the Walla Walla Valley, K’s only estate vineyard and part of the original homestead property. Soil composition consists of Yakima cobbley loam in ancient dried riverbed. This well-drained site is part of the Mill Creek drainage system, resulting in a cooler climate than other parts of the Valley. The vines are trained very low to take advantage of the radiant heat provided by the large cobbles. Floral aromatics like lavender and lilac are common.

The vineyard is named for Phil Lane Sr. who raised his family on the property. His colorful past included amateur and professional boxing, the first Native American to obtain a degree in forestry, two citations from President Lyndon B. Johnson, a passion for training quarter horses, and a love for the Wallowa and Blue Mountains. Beginning in 2009, this vineyard will be sustainably farmed with draft horses. Planted in 2002.

Technical Information:

Yield: 1.3 tons per acre

Sorting: 1 time

Yeasts: Native

Treatment: Punch down

Malolactic Fermentation: yes

Ageing: French Burgundy Barrels

Fining: none

Total Production: 141cases

Release date: September 15, 2009

Alcohol: 14.5%

Total Acid: .60

pH: 3.75

Residual Sugar: none

Tasting Notes: Violets, lavender, roasted meat, game, crushed stone, and a super long finish. —Charles Smith

*4 pack price applies to the tasting offer only.

2007 K Syrah “Phil Lane” —Walla Walla Valley 
100% Syrah, Phil Lane 
Vineyards: 
Phil Lane: Located in the Walla Walla Valley, K’s only estate vineyard and part of the original homestead prop- 
erty. Soil composition consists of Yakima cobbley loam in ancient dried riverbed. This well-drained site is part of 
the  Mill Creek drainage system, resulting in a cooler climate than other parts of the Valley. The vines are trained 
very low to take advantage of the radiant heat provided by the large cobbles. Floral aromatics like lavender  and 
lilac are common. The vineyard is named for Phil Lane Sr. who raised his family on the property. His colorful 
past included amateur and professional boxing, the first Native American to obtain a degree in forestry, two cita- 
tions from President Lyndon B. Johnson, a passion for training quarter horses, and a love for the Wallowa and 
Blue Mountains. Beginning in 2009, this vineyard will be sustainably farmed with draft horses. Planted in 2002. 
Technical Information: 
Yield: 1.3 tons per acre 
Sorting: 1 time 
Yeasts: Native 
Treatment: Punch down 
Malolactic Fermentation: yes 
Ageing: French Burgundy Barrels 
Fining: none 
Total Production: 141cases 
Release date: September 15, 2009 
Alcohol: 14.5% 
Total Acid: .60 
pH: 3.75 
Residual Sugar: none 
Score: 94 (2006 vintage) 
“This rich, ripe red is generous with it’s spicy green and black olive flavors, which weave through plums, black- 
berry and wet stone character that remains powerful through the deftly balanced finish. Best from 2011 through 
2016.”  —Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, July 31, 2009 
Tasting Notes: Violets, lavender, roasted meat, game, crushed stone, and a super long finish.  —Charles Smith 

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