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Charles Smith K Vintners The Creator Red 2018

ID No: 448531
Vintage:2018
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Product Description

K Vintners The Creator Red is made from  75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah.

Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme in this dried plum, pencil lead, smoked meat, dark chocolate co-fermented knock out. Integrated multilayered and individual as can be. You almost have to take a step back with a ‘What the ??’ I’ll tell you what it is. It’s the Creator..

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Winery: Charles Smith K Vintners

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, fermented with naturally occurring yeasts and basket pressed.

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