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Charles Smith 2006 Royal City Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

  1. $80
In 2005 Charles Smith introduced three high-end Syrahs. In 2006 Smith has made a wine better than each of these, by combining them into a single wine—Royal City Syrah. Rich scents of purple fruit, smoked meat, cedar, lead pencil, moist earth and so on proclaim a wine with genuine gravitas. There is nothing missing, from the first sniff to the last sip, the wine…  — P.G.  (12/1/2009)
99
points

Charles Smith 2007 Royal City Stoneridge Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $140
Depth and texture dominate; it’s all whole-cluster fruit, aged in new barriques. This fine follow-up to the 2006 features a little more delicacy, with a lovely floral component and some earth. The depth is astonishing in the weight and texture and the way the wine plays out across the palate. The finish never ends: a glorious mix of black cherry, earth, herb, spice…  — P.G.  (2/1/2011)
98
points

Charles Smith 2009 Royal City Syrah (Washington)

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  1. $140
This beautifully reflects the vintage as well as the place. There is astonishing density, length and detail—as much as any Syrah in the country. The deep, compact and impossibly complex flavors mix notes of black fruit, cassis, licorice, coffee, baking spice, smoke and Bourbon barrel.  — P.G.  (12/31/2012)
98
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Charles Smith 2008 Royal City Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

  1. $140
An Amaro-like mix of bitters and herbs; this is exceptionally dense and dark. The fruit is a grace note; the big flavors come from herb, earth, rock, barrel and more. Licorice, baking spices, smoke, black cherry, Bourbon barrel, and on it goes. Huge and dense and seemingly endless.  — P.G.  (12/15/2011)
98
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Charles Smith 2007 Heart Stoneridge Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $120
This initially tastes like young fruit, herbal, with a lot of stem and flower flavors, but with some heat at 16% alcohol. Nonetheless it’s delicious, compact, enormously fruity, focused and flat out amazing. A perfect mix of flesh, fruit, earth, and typicity from this unique vineyard.  — P.G.  (2/1/2011)
97
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Charles Smith 2010 Royal City Syrah (Washington)

  1. $140
This wine headlines the Charles Smith lineup, and has established a breathtakingly complex and rich style, that varies in saturation with each vintage but remains consistent in its flavors. Clove, baking spices and maple syrup flavors trump the ripe fruits that remain more in the background. Delicious now, or cellar for a few more years.  — P.G.  (3/1/2014)
97
points

Charles Smith 2007 Skull Stonebridge Vineyard Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

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  1. $120
Killer juice. It has it all—focus, depth, detail and power. Spice and herb, punch and power, wrapped into a wine with bright, tight berry fruit and layer upon layer of earth, rock and herb. It surpasses the ability of language to describe it. But it needs time—a lot of time.  — P.G.  (2/1/2011)
96
points

Charles Smith 2008 King Coal Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $100
This is the first time a King Coal has been made, all sourced from the Stoneridge Vineyard. It’s a unique and delicious wine, seamless and complex. The flavors are amazingly detailed, with layer upon layer of candied fruit, raisins, Bourbon barrel, Asian spice, ginger, toast and more. The flavors pile on and continue into a seemingly endless finish, resonating into…  — P.G.  (12/15/2011)
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