Open Bottle - K Syrah by Charles Smith

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Time: 04:00pm - 08:00pm

Type: Wine Tasting

Location: The Wine Cabinet

Event Free

Every Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00 pm we open a special bottle of wine and offer to you at a highly discounted price.
The wines are typically 90 points or better and are discounted 20-40%. Sometimes even more! when we can get special pricing from our vendors , we pass the savings along to you!!
Come in on Thursday and sample. If you can't make it, call us and we can put some aside for you!! 
(All purchases must be accompanied by a credit card.)


Charles Smith’s

"Milbrandt" Syrah

Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington State

Charles Smith - 2014 Winemaker of the Year  The Wine Enthusiast!

Too many winemakers are business people… Charles is a wine drinker and a lover of all wine and it shows!

Charles makes over dozen Syrah’s, many from single vineyards, all are small production and sustainable farmed.
Although we have tasted most, if not all of his Syrah’s, we have yet to find one we didn’t love!

91 Points! The  Wine Advocate
"Beginning with a fresh, ripe and juicy core of black plum, savory holiday ham and blackberry fresh from the bush,
the 2016 Syrah Milbrandt Vineyard wafts with healthy fruit tones and a dusty black pepper note.
Rich and inviting in the mouth, the wine is both ripe and tannic on the palate.
It's a solid wine for the price and is structured to age just beyond its 10th
Only 1,800 cases made for this value and quality-driven wine."

93 Points  Vinous/StephenTanzer
“Dark red with ruby tones. Pungent aromas of cassis, blueberry, prosciutto, licorice, menthol, mint and minerals.
Juicy and intense, conveying an exhilarating combination of sweetness and lively acidity to its red and darker berry and spice flavors.
A savory element provides a further leavening influence. Finishes long, with firm but suave tannins. Lovely wine with real personality.”

93 Points Jeb Dunnuck 
“From a site on the Wahluke Slope, the 2016 Syrah Milbrandt reveals a ruby/plum color as well as evolved,
Graves-like aromas of tobacco, earth, iron, and asphalt, with plenty of earthy dark fruit.
It builds nicely with time in the glass, has ripe tannins, and terrific balance, and it’s a steal at the price. Drink bottles over the coming 7–8 years.”

Elsewhere at $42.00
Our Regular price $39.99

Special Sale Price 

$25.00 a bottle
 $132.00 for six  ($22.00)

Call us at

703-668-WINE (9463)


Our Thoughts on this wine.....

Fermented with 50% whole cluster and aged for 12 months in around 25% new French oak. Coming from the Northridge and Clifton Hill Vineyards, it offers a pretty, perfumed bouquet of black cherry, raspberry, underbrush, flowers and hints of pepper to go with a medium to full-bodied, Up-front and elegant palate. 


 Growing up just outside of Sacramento, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Charles Smith began craving worldly travel at a young age due to his Welsh mother and French father. His wine journey began as a nomadic restaurant, spending winters in Palm Springs and summers in Lake Tahoe or Napa Valley from the ages of nineteen to twenty-nine.  This period of his life became a catalyst for his passion for wine. In 1989 Charles decided to move to Denmark (for a lady friend he met in the states). While in Scandinavia, Charles spent the next nine years managing rock bands and concert tours throughout Europe, including the famed Danish duo, The Raveonettes. Wining, dining and hard partying while on the road ultimately triggered the career he has today.
In 1999, he moved back to the United States, specifically to the Pacific Northwest, opening a wine shop on Bainbridge Island, just across the Puget Sound from downtown Seattle. On a road trip in late 1999, he passed through the small town of Walla Walla and met a young Frenchman and winemaker. The two men discovered their common passion for great Syrah and Charles was eventually convinced to move to Walla Walla and make his own juice. On December 2nd, 2001, Charles released his first wine, 330 cases of the 1999 K Syrah. The Walla Walla Valley was now his home.
After a devastating freeze in 2004, Charles brought to life a label he had once in a dream: HOUSE WINES. Low and behold, the label concept had never been created or trademarked, so Charles launched the legendary brand before selling it to Precept Brands in 2006. That same year, Charles started a second brand, Charles Smith Wines. The brand was themed as “The Modernist Project,” which focuses on the way people generally consume wine today: immediately. As the collection grew in popularity, Charles wanted to provide even more people around the globe access to the exceptional wines, so he sold the collection of five wines —Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Eve Chardonnay, Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon, The Velvet Devil Merlot and Boom Boom! Syrah—to Constellation Brands in October 2016 in order to bring them to consumers around the world through their global distribution network. The intent was (and still is) to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with true typicity of both the varietal and the vineyard. His story continued with the creation of Charles & Charles, ViNO CasaSmith, SIXTO, POPUP, and Substance. The constant innovator and his restless nature ensure that the story doesn’t end there.
In 2015, the Charles Smith footprint broadened to Seattle with the opening of Jet City, the largest urban winery on the west coast, that has attracted tens of thousands of visitors since its debut.
In 2017, he unveiled a new name for his international company and vast portfolio – Wines of Substance, which is defined as the quality of being important, valid and significant. Wines of Substance illustrates Charles’ philosophy of producing exceptional wines to be enjoyed by everyone around the globe.
In 2019, Charles unveiled his latest project, POPUP. POPUP is the first chapter of his new wine story. It’s a story of innovation by an American winemaker. A fresh, contemporary, of-the-moment take on the worlds most celebrated traditions, wine with bubbles.
Charles Smith is the only person to have received Winemaker of the Year distinctions by both Wine Enthusiast (2014) and Food & Wine (2009). In 2008, K Vintners was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in their annual buying guide. His wines continue to receive broad recognition from leading wine publications such as Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine & Spirits with 165 scores of 95 points and above, and 632 scores of 90 points and above.
Charles currently resides in Seattle and Walla Walla with his daughter, Charlotte.