All from the Les Collines vineyard and a 100% Syrah aged in a scant 18% new French oak, the 2011 Syrah is a perfumed, elegant effort that has loads of class and refinement. Lavender, olive, underbrush, pepper and plum and blackberry styled fruits all emerge from the glass and this medium to full-bodied Syrah has beautiful focus and precision on the palate. I don’t think it will make old bones, but it should gain additional complexity with a handful of years in the cellar and offer loads of pleasure over the following 5-7 years.
Gramercy Cellars is a 6,000-case winery founded in 2005 by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington and his wife, Pam, to make Rhône- and Bordeaux-based wines in Washington State. They believe that great wines share common traits: great vineyards, small production, minimalist winemaking, time, and patience. Gramercy’s philosophy is simple: to develop or partner with the best vineyards, harvest ripe—not overripe—grapes, intervene minimally in the winemaking process, and use as little new oak as possible. The resultant wines display balance, intense fruit notes, strong earthiness, restraint, and elegance. Our wines often require time to develop, but reward that with patience. We seek to produce wines that complement food, provide great pleasure, and stand out as uniquely made in Washington.