July 15, 2015

Gramercy Cellars Columbia Valley Syrah 2012

gramercysyrah12Adorned with a simple black and white label, this purple hued syrah is sourced partly from Washington State’s Walla Walla Valley AVA as well as from the greater Columbia Valley AVA. The award winning Gramercy Cellars is the passion of founder Greg Harrington, who believes that the Rhonish red varieties are a major part of Walla Walla’s vinous future.  This is the inaugural vintage for this wine. With the success of their wines, there was a need to introduce a wine that can start filling the growing demand.

This wine is so vibrant that the fresh aromas of floral notes, blueberry, cherry, mint, chocolate and pepper leap out of the glass. The bold generosity does not translate into a bigger than life version of the grape, pumped with sweet fruit and artifice. This syrah is very elegant in its approach bringing to mind the best of both new and old world.

While there is some caramel oak and soft succulent tannins in support, it is all about the fresh ripe fruit. A wine full of character and contemplation that will continue to reward with some years under the belt. For now though, I would enjoy it with some wild boar sausages atop some truffled mash.

Quickie review «spicy, even handed oak underscores vibrant fresh fruit »

Country of Origin: USA   Date:  18th May 2015   Price: USD$40    Drink: 2 – 7+ yrs   Needs food: No   Source: tasting



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