The mighty King Coal red wine bottle. It's heavy and thick. The label shows a skeleton king with a crown. "2017, Washington State".

2017 K King Coal Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah

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Also Available in 1.5L Magnum Bottles, While Supplies Last

Also consider a bottle of 2008 King Coal or 2009 King Coal, from Charles' Personal Library, cellared for over a decade and ready for your enjoyment!

Scores and Tasting Notes

Super silky, dark flavored and absolutely fantastic. Currants, black plum, tobacco leaf, warm earth and autumn forest. A powerful display of an iron fist in a velvet glove. ALL HAIL THE KING. – Winemaker, Charles Smith

98 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

“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.”

94 Points – James Suckling

“This is a juicy, flavorful red with a filled-out palate of ripe-berry and chocolate character. It’s full-bodied with round, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% syrah. Drink or hold.”

Vineyard – Stoneridge

Washington State Red Wine (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah; 14.5% Alcohol)
Located northeast of the Wahluke Slope AVA, across the Saddle Mountains, near Royal City. Very rocky soils, in fact six different kinds, make up the complex profile of aptly named Stoneridge. It is a mix of Malaga, silt, loam and big rocks of fractured basalt and caliche. It is a warm site with good air drainage and lots of wind. This windy site has naturally reduced yields and limited vigor, encouraging robust yet supple tannins that add to the aging potential of the wine. The thick-skinned fruit produces intense color and wild aromatics. 2008 is the first year we purchased anything besides Syrah there, but now we are taking almost the entire vineyard to round out our top tier Charles Smith Wines portfolio.
The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.


2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for healthy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.

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