Master Sommelier Greg Harrington spent his career overseeing some of the most prestigious wine programs in the country. In 2004 he had a revelation about the balanced and earthy wines of the Walla Walla and he made it a goal to make wine there. This goal was realized sooner rather than later, and now Greg and his wife Pam have founded Gramercy Cellars. Their driving philosophy is to make wines that display balance, fruit and earthiness, and minimal new oak flavors. Additionally, they partner with unique, exceptional growers who share similar values, commitment to quality and dedication to sustainability.
”This is by far the best Walla Walla Syrah we had made to date. With this wine, we continued to employ more traditional techniques used in the Rhone Valley - whole cluster fermentation, partial destemming, extended maceration, lees stirring, etc. Our 2008 Walla Walla Syrah is from Les Collines Vineyard. Unfortunately, Forgotten Hills was the victim of an early freeze in 2008, so was declassified. The grapes were partially destemmed, fermented in small, open top containers for 7-12 days, lightly pressed and allowed to settle before being placed in neutral French Oak barrels. We used both traditional sized barrels as well as a number of puncheons (double the size), resulting in greater intensity of fruit and integration of tannins. The wine was aged for 15 months leaving just a hint of oak.
This wine shows massive smoke, pepper, and the entire charcuterie catalog of Salumi in Seattle, black olive, licorice flavors and elegant black fruits. It balances acidity with intense richness and a touch of vanilla spice. In our opinion, this wine rivals the 2007 John Lewis Syrah. There, we said it.”
Review Score: 93