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Gramercy Cellars "Lagniappe"

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2014

Gramercy Cellars "Lagniappe"

Syrah

Columbia Valley, Washington, United States

Alc. 11 %

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$74.99
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$62.49

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“Rhone Ranger” winemaker Greg Harrington has brought his love of Rhone varietals to the Pacific Northwest with passion and persuasion. Falling in love with Walla Walla during a visit to the area, Greg, and his wife Pam, decided to set up camp. Opening the doors to Gramercy Cellars in 2005, vintage after vintage, the winery continue to outdo themselves!

This Columbia Valley Syrah is a glass slipper fit of Rhone-style Syrah. This vintage was an interesting one as it was almost considered for a single vineyard expression. The “Red Willow” vineyard fruit is beautiful in it’s own right but the additional of fruit from the “Forgotten Hills” Phelps Clone really takes this wine to the next level. A perfect blend of black and red raspberry, black plum, violet aromas waft from the glass. The palate is synonymous with some of the classic wines from Northern Rhone. The fruit forwardness is how we know it’s from the New World. Entrenched with notes of red and black fruits, hints of tar, black pepper, and wet stones. The body falls on the fuller side of medium and a pure delight to enjoy.

94+ points Robert Parker

A big, powerful example of this cuvee, the 2014 Syrah Lagniappe comes from the Red Willow, Forgotten Hills and Minick vineyards and is 100% Syrah. It offers a deep, rich bouquet of smoked herbs, cured meats, blackcurrants and pepper. This is followed by a powerful, tannic red that has full-bodied richness, plenty of mid-palate depth and a big finish. I was surprised by the tannin in this cuvee and it showed quite a bit differently (more fresh and lively) from barrel. Nevertheless, it's a serious wine that need 2-3 years of bottle age.

93 points, International Wine Report

The 2014 Lagniappe is an outstanding bottling from Gramercy Cellars, this Syrah was sourced from the Forgotten Hills, Red Willow and Minick Vineyards. The wine underwent 66% whole cluster fermentation and was aged for 18 months in used puncheons prior to bottling. This shows wonderful aromatics of dried herbs, red cherry, red raspberry, rose petals, Parma ham and blood orange. There are ripe flavors of black cherry, Chinese black tea, mint, coffee grounds and hints of orange rind and anise. This dense wine needs a two hour decant for full expression and drinks even better on the second day. Lithe and light on its feet, this will cellar well for at least another ten years. (Best 2017-2028)

92 points, Wine Spectator

Brooding aromas of fresh herb, flowers, plum and piercingly pure red fruit lead to an elegant pillowy palate. It shows an impeccable sense of balance along with a lingering finish.

92 points, Wine & Spirits

The 2014 Gramercy Syrahs, taken together, are quiet, burled up and needing the better part of three days to unfurl - the product, perhaps, of the new concrete fermenters Greg Harrington has used for this vintage. The Lagniappe smells of fare-off smoke, with dark blueberry fruit that feels like it's at a similar remove. The flavors, with time, move toward savory depths - now sage and lavender, then creosote and carob, then blueberries and violet candy. Utterly intriguing, and still a bit of a mystery. For the cellar.

Look

Rich dark purple right to the core. Glimmers of cranberry tickle the edges showing youthfulness.

Smell

Pepper, spice and everything nice. Aromas of berry compote lure you in for deep inhales. Dark berries and black plums tantalize with hints of minerality and warmed peppercorns to break up any overly fruitiness.

Taste

Lush and rich. A trifecta of berries are present - blackberry, blueberry and black raspberry. Hints of warmed cherries with fresh cracked pepper linger on the backside. Wet slate and a herbal note complete the finish. Don't be afraid to tuck this away for ageing. Drinking youthful now, we recommend decanting to help coax the dark fruit notes to the forefront. Tannins are big so letting some air (or age) will help calm the tugging on the gums.

Pairing

Pair this magnificent wine with a table full of a perfectly prepared prime rib

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