Supple, ripe and provocative, with mineral, licorice and tapenade flavors running through a plush, generous core of dark plum and black cherry. Shows presence and polish. Drink now through 2022. 583 cases made.
Formerly named the Walla Walla Syrah, the 2012 Syrah The Deuce (100% Syrah, 80% whole cluster and 18% new French oak) is more upfront and sexy than the Lagniappe, with a Rocks-like character of lavender, smoked plums, roasted herbs and pepper. Full-bodied, beautifully balanced, pure and loaded with fruit and texture, it’s another great Syrah from this team to drink over the coming decade or more. Lead by Greg Harrington and assistant winemaker Brandon Moss, Gramercy continues to go from strength to strength, and they have one of the most quality-packed lineups in the state. While more widely known for their Syrah releases, don't miss the Bordeaux blends here; their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is one of the most compelling wines in the vintage, and the 2013 looks to continue that trend.
*Editors' Choice* Fermented with 80% whole clusters and aged 18 months in neutral French oak, this outright delicious wine offers aromas of black and green olive, mineral, moist earth and dried herbs. It’s seamless in feel, delivering lithe, pillowy soft fruit, savory flavors and a hyperextended finish. It’s a testament to the strength of Syrah from this region.
(80% Les Collines and 20% SJR; vinified with 50% whole clusters): Good deep red. Sweet, inviting aromas of blueberry, violet and bloody steak. Similarly savory and complex in the mouth, offering lovely intensity and lift without any undue weight. The wine’s minerality comes through loud and clear on the rocky finish, which features very sweet, supple tannins and lovely length and lift. Incidentally, Greg Harrington compares these 2012s to his 2007s: "They’re on the edge of being sweet without actually being sweet." Harrington still considers his 2010s to be "by far my best wines, but it will take 15 years to prove it," adding that his 2011s have shut down.
This is drawn from Les Collines, with a bit of fruit from the Milton-Freewater Rocks thrown in. And yet it’s the Rocks that give off the initial impression, the smoky mocha and dark olive scents adorning crushed strawberry flavors. The wine’s texture is lean and tense, with a thin stream of acidity to guide it; that acidity should play a larger role with some cellar time. Or serve this youthful, toothsome red with a plate of salumi. (600 cases)
85% whole cluster. Lovely, lovely fragrance: violets, pepper, smoked meat, toast. Plush, plummy fruit. Seriously savoury finish. Powerful yet nuanced.
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