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2015

Gramercy Cellars "L'Idiot du Village"

Mourvedre, Carignan

Columbia Valley, Washington

14.1 Alcohol

Introduction

Winemaker, Greg Harrington, describes this beauty as "...our fifth release of Mourvèdre. The popularity of the L’Idiot is mind-blowing. It sells out faster than any other wine at the winery. As I have said many times before, Mourvèdre is at home in Eastern Washington. We continue to be blown away by the complexity and intensity of the Mourvèdre from both Olsen and Alder Ridge Vineyards. Each vineyard contributes very different aromatics and structure. Olsen Vineyard, near Red Mountain, is all about red fruit, freshness, and aromatics. Alder Ridge, which sits on the Columbia River in the Horse Heaven Hills, brings black fruit, depth, and structure.

The 2015 L’Idiot is 95% Mourvèdre, mostly from Olsen Vineyard, with a small portion from Alder Ridge Vineyard. We fermented this wine in both concrete and stainless steel with 60% whole cluster and aged the wine for 15 months in old oak."

60% Whole Cluster Fermentation and aged for 15 months in old French Oak. Only 512 cases produced!

92 points, Wine Enthusiast

Editor's Choice. A mixture of Olsen and Alder Ridge vineyards, this lighter-colored wine is brooding on first pour, with aromas of fresh parsley, crushed flower, dried herb, mineral, orange peel, smoked meat and raspberry emerging over time. The palate shows a fresh light styling, with a meaty peppery finish. It's a very pretty expression of the variety, with an impressive sense of balance and sophistication.

92 points, International Wine Report

This outstanding Mourvèdre was sourced from both the Alder Ridge and Olsen Vineyards. The nose entices with a beautiful combination of red and dark fruits with smoky, earthy and citrus driven undertones. The silky mouthfeel entices, as does the flavors of blood orange, red cherry cordial, peat moss and wild blackberry that all mingle in the glass. This is one of the best of its kind in Washington.


How it looks

Rich ruby red with purple undertones glimmer in the light.

How it smells

A bramble bush of berries and wet gravel leap out of the glass. Hints of spice and roasted meat lurk in the background. Overly enticing and thoroughly intriguing!

How it tastes

Red raspberry, cherry, fresh blackberry, garrigue, mineral, stone, tar, gravel, finishes sweet fruit, sweet cream, orange peel, smoked meat.

Recommended food pairing

Match the tannins with a umami-filled pairing like beef short ribs or veal.

2015Gramercy Cellars "L'Idiot du Village"

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