Charles Smith

Royal City Washington Syrah

9.3149 ratings
9.231 pro ratings
Washington, USA
Syrah
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Shay A
9.4

This was one of my contributions from Friday evening. I slow oxed this for 4hrs prior to serving at the recommendation of @Bill Bender ...glad I took that advice. Wasn’t so shocked at how powerful this was as I was how it was still tightly wound. The fruit is coming from the “funk” part of the region (not sure if it’s Rocks district or not), and while there is some herbal and savory notes up front, there is plenty of fruit (albeit underripe)...blackberry, black cherry and smoked plum on the nose. Great acidity. The mid palate has a streak of herbs de Provence down the middle wrapped in inky dark fruit before turning more savory (roasted game meat-like) at the finish, but not funky/iron driven like I get with Cayuse.

This was one of my contributions from Friday evening. I slow oxed this for 4hrs prior to serving at the recommendation of @Bill Bender ...glad I took that advice. Wasn’t so shocked at how powerful this was as I was how it was still tightly wound. The fruit is coming from the “funk” part of the region (not sure if it’s Rocks district or not), and while there is some herbal and savory notes up front, there is plenty of fruit (albeit underripe)...blackberry, black cherry and smoked plum on the nose. Great acidity. The mid palate has a streak of herbs de Provence down the middle wrapped in inky dark fruit before turning more savory (roasted game meat-like) at the finish, but not funky/iron driven like I get with Cayuse.

May 26th, 2019
Bill Bender

The last several years I’ve either opened a Royal City, Charles Smith Skull or Behrens Family Thanksgiving Cab (with the skeleton family on the label) on Halloween night. This is far and away the best showing for the Royal City I’ve ever had. 10 years in bottle seems to be the sweet spot for this wine. Blackberry compote, black olive tapenade, smoke, grainy tannins and a dash of herbaceous goodness. Not at all like Cayuse—there is no fox fur funk—rather it compares favorably to a higher end Northern Rhône but without the classy heft and long finish of a LaLa. Enjoyed it immensely.

The last several years I’ve either opened a Royal City, Charles Smith Skull or Behrens Family Thanksgiving Cab (with the skeleton family on the label) on Halloween night. This is far and away the best showing for the Royal City I’ve ever had. 10 years in bottle seems to be the sweet spot for this wine. Blackberry compote, black olive tapenade, smoke, grainy tannins and a dash of herbaceous goodness. Not at all like Cayuse—there is no fox fur funk—rather it compares favorably to a higher end Northern Rhône but without the classy heft and long finish of a LaLa. Enjoyed it immensely.

Nov 1st, 2018
Jess Granatiero

Oy vey! Big, big and bigger! Lots of fruit, body and richness.

Oy vey! Big, big and bigger! Lots of fruit, body and richness.

1 person found it helpfulNov 16th, 2016
Adam Jesberger

Voluptuous fruit. Silky and elegant while somehow being a powerhouse. Seemingly whole cluster like green notes with northern rhone like appeal to the nose. Then the palate hits like a confected new world blue fruited expectation with an added oomph of acidity. This wine kicks ass.

Voluptuous fruit. Silky and elegant while somehow being a powerhouse. Seemingly whole cluster like green notes with northern rhone like appeal to the nose. Then the palate hits like a confected new world blue fruited expectation with an added oomph of acidity. This wine kicks ass.

Apr 24th, 2016
Dave Loretta

Super delicious, especially when paired with a savory cast iron skillet T-bone steak. Licorice, blackberries and smokey plums that wash the palate and make you crave one more bite of red meat.

Super delicious, especially when paired with a savory cast iron skillet T-bone steak. Licorice, blackberries and smokey plums that wash the palate and make you crave one more bite of red meat.

Feb 15th, 2016
Bill Bender

Nose of wet fox fur, big, brawny olive, tapenaude, ripe plumb, gravel. Really rich and lush. 💀

Nose of wet fox fur, big, brawny olive, tapenaude, ripe plumb, gravel. Really rich and lush. 💀

Nov 1st, 2015
Chris Morgan

Sommelier The Oceanaire Seafood Room

9.4

Huge, black fruit monster. Still youthful. Just hints of black olive and potting soil. Needs 5-10 more years.

Huge, black fruit monster. Still youthful. Just hints of black olive and potting soil. Needs 5-10 more years.

Apr 15th, 2015
Rick Baumgarten

Tasty

Dec 20th, 2014
Joe Breaux

It's a 100pt night with Miranda

It's a 100pt night with Miranda

Feb 14th, 2014
Erica Stroh

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Jan 6th, 2014