*Cellar Selection* 2011 the alcohol drops a bit and the fruit comes forward, stepping slightly away from the strongly herbal flavors of the 2010. It’s reflective of the vintage, and perhaps more immediately approachable, without sacrificing any of the complexity or structure that typifies Gramercy wines. Strongly aromatic flavors of blackberry, black cherry, cola and licorice are all in play, backed with refreshing minerality. The wine should age beautifully for a decade or more.
The 2011 Syrah Walla Walla offers pretty red and black fruits, peat, loamy earth, ground pepper and plenty of herbal notes to go with a medium-bodied, rounded and beautifully textured feel on the palate. Overall supple and yet nicely focused and pure, it has solid mid-palate depth and building, fine tannin on the finish. It’s a beautiful effort in a difficult vintage and will have 10 to 12 years of prime drinking. Master Sommelier turned winemaker, Greg Harrington is fashioning some of the top wines in Washington from his base in Walla Walla. His 2011s showed beautifully from barrel last year, and didn’t disappoint this year from bottle. 92+ (JD)
Starts off quietly, but by the finish this is flashing ripe plum and rhubarb flavors, shaded by hints of green tea and floral overtones. Persists, displaying intensity and finesse. Drink now through 2019. 470 cases made.
(from Les Collines vines planted to the Phelps clone; vinified with 50% whole clusters): Bright, deep medium red. Red raspberry, pepper and spices on the lively nose. A juicy, firmly built midweight with red berry and leather flavors complicated by a saline element. Finishes with serious building tannins and excellent length. This tightly wound Syrah is carrying a moderate 13.1% alcohol. Owner/winemaker Greg Harrington noted that he did not pick any fruit in 2011 until October 15. 90(+?).
The 2011 appellation wine from Gramercy is 100 percent Les Collines, which rendered an austere version in such a cool vintage. Scents of dark berries have a zinc-like edge, while the flavors are subtle and compelling, if a bit austere at the moment. This needs a year in the cellar to mature.
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