Killer intensity in this vintage, where an ideal season made for an extra-long hangtime and a perfect balance of tannin and flavor. There’s a great minerality behind the flavors of black cherry and currants, and a full-bodied, spicy meatiness on display. If you keep these ‘hidden’ from company, we won’t blame you.
Happy to see it finer-grained than some, but equally intense. Tobacco, ash and dark fruit. Some grilled meat, too. Full-bodied with a spice, white-pepper and hunan finish. Wow is all I can say! Drink or hold.JD97
Coming from a mix of clones and the Northridge Vineyard (which is a high-density planting), the 2017 Syrah The Hidden was not destemmed and was brought up 20 months in 55% new puncheons. Deep ruby/purple, with killer minerality in its black cherry and currant fruits as well as notes of beef blood, violets, spiced meats, and spring flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful elegance and purity, fine tannins, and a great finish. This is what I call a stacked lineup from K Vintners, and the team of Charles Smith and Brennon Leighton continue to make brilliant wines.WA96
Beginning with a dusty rigidity on the nose, the 2017 Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard has a firm core of black fruits, blackberry, dark plum and dark cherry skin with hints of black pepper and dried purple flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is still firm with grippy tannins that will loosen with age, and it ends with a tannic grip and elements of worn leather and bitter black tea. Stellar!VN94
Good full, dark red. Musky raspberry, smoke, minerals, dried herbs and potpourri on the complex, inviting nose. Sweet and silky on the palate, and quite refreshing for such a structured wine. The impression of inner-mouth energy is accented by a suggestion of orange zest. (The pH is a relatively high 3.95, according to winemaker Brennon Leighton, but total acidity is sound.) More about dark raspberry, spices and flowers than game. Most impressive in the early going on the very fresh, rising, floral finish, which shows the tannic support (the serious dusty tannins reach the front teeth) for a slow evolution in bottle. This is Washington Syrah in the style of Côte-Rôtie. Impressive!