Jeb Dunnuck marked this as one of the top two or three wines of the vintage. It's a mouthwateringly juicy and flavorful red with a huge nose of spiced red and black fruits plus plenty of chocolate, tobacco, truffle and cured meat. Full-bodied on the palate and packed with loads of ripe berry and chocolate character, soft tannins, and a finish that goes for miles. Syrah lends upfront appeal but this will cruise for well over a decade in the right cellar.
One of the top two or three wines in the vintage, I was blown away by the 2017 King Coal, which comes all from the Stoneridge Vineyard on the Royal Slope and is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah. The Syrah is not destemmed, and everything is co-fermented in oak uprights and aged in 60% new barrels. Brilliant on all accounts, with a huge nose of spiced red and black fruits, chocolate, cured meats, tobacco, and truffle, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, awesome tannins, a great mid-palate, and a finish that won’t quit. The Syrah component gives this plenty of upfront appeal, yet it’s going to cruise in cold cellars for 15 years or more.