No holding back here. A powerful co-ferment of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Blackberry, olive, No. 5 perfume, pencil and alpine air rules the nose. Black fruit, cassis, tobacco, nutmeg, seashell and a profound sense of place oozes from this and lights our powerhouse. The King of the Royal Slope.
Jeb Dunnuck 98 - Always from the Stoneridge Vineyard, the 2016 Cabernet / Syrah King Coal is a ripe, sexy, yet savory effort that has awesome notes of red and black currants, spice box, graphite, and ground herbs. Deep ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied, beautifully layered, and with a blockbuster finish, it’s one of those powerful yet still ethereal wines that gives up tons of richness and depth yet has no sense of heaviness or weight.
James Suckling 95 - There’s a floral edge to the cabernet on the nose with violets and blue roses, ahead of ripe blackcurrants and red plums. The palate delivers a very vibrant and composed feel with dark berries, laced with lightly roasted coffee. Stylish blend and the pick of the cabernet-syrah quartet at K Vintners. A blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% syrah. Fine now, but best from 2024.
Wine Advocate 94 - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the 2016 King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard starts with the blue fruited tones with stewed plum, boysenberry and Chambord on the nose with inky purple flowers. The palate is full-bodied, rich and generous, with a focused core of bold fruits that are dense and chewy. A high-octane wine, it ends with a long-lasting finish. Only 818 cases were produced in 2016.
Wine Spectator 92 - Opens with a supple texture, taking on broad shoulders as the structure builds, with layers of blackberry, licorice and smoked pepper notes. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2026.