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"Gramercy Cellars was started by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington in 2005. He states, “My goal is to make wines the kind I like to drink, lower alcohol, higher acid, wines that taste like they came from some place.” His last set of releases, reviewed in Issue 177, was first-class but the latest collection is eye-opening. My advice: get on Gramercy’s mailing list while you still can."
-- The Wine Advocate
2007 Gramercy Cellars Syrah Lagniappe....$38.99
"The purple-colored 2007 Syrah Lagniappe contains 5% Viognier with the fruit sourced from Forgotten Hills and Minick Vineyards. Very expressive from the aromatic lift provided by the Viognier, it is a bit more elegant and forward than the Walla Walla cuvee. This spicy, savory, intense effort can be enjoyed now but will drink well for a decade."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advcoate
2007 Gramercy Cellars Tempranillo Inigo Montoya....$38.99
"The 2007 Tempranillo Inigo Montoya was raised in second use oak. It is deep crimson-colored with a super-expressive perfume of smoke, earth notes, black cherry, and blackberry. Medium-bodied and elegant on the palate, it has superb depth, lots of spice, succulent flavors, and exceptional length. It will drink well for a decade. Its only domestic competition is Cayuse’ Impulsivo Tempranillo made by Christophe Baron."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
2007 Gramercy Cellars Walla Walla Syrah....$39.99
"The Syrahs begin with the 2007 Syrah Walla Walla Valley sourced from La Colline and Forgotten Hills Vineyards. Purple-colored, it displays a super-spicy nose of garrigue, olives, bacon, smoked meat, and blueberry. Dense, layered, and concentrated, it skillfully combines elegance with power. Silky on the palate, the succulent flavors last for nearly one minute. It has the structure to evolve for several years but will be hard to resist now."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley....$42.99
"While Cabernet was not in our initial plans back in 2005, once we were introduced to some of the best Cabernet vineyards in Washington, we knew we had an amazing opportunity. Our style continues to be a medium bodied, acid driven wine with gravelly earth. While 2007 was a great vintage overall, we feel especially proud of our Cabernet which creates a whole that is much greater than the sum of the individual vineyards with whom we work. Gramercy Cellars’ 2007 Cabernet is a medium to full bodied wine driven by acid and earth. It’s an Old World wine with its roots in the New World. The first smells are of French herbs – rosemary, thyme and sage. Earthy aromas of gravel, pencil lead, chocolate and mushroom round out the nose, complemented by fruits of red currant, raspberry and fig. We are blown away by the length and elegance of this wine." -- winery
2007 Grenache Columbia Valley....$38.99
"No, we haven't lost our minds. We're making a prediction: within 20 years, Grenache will be among the top 3 varietals in Washington. Grenache is good. Grenache works. Grenache particularly loves the Horse Heaven Hills. We were lucky enough to get grapes from Alder Ridge, which is quickly making a name for itself as the best Grenache vineyard in Washington. We set out to make a wine in the tradition of the Southern Rhone Valley - reminiscent of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas or Vacqueyras. We blended the Grenache with 20% Syrah, a common ratio in the Rhone. This is a big wine, atypical for Gramercy, but Grenache stays balanced at higher alcohols, especially when blended with Minick Syrah for acidity. It's a dead ringer for a Southern Rhone wine. Aromas of stone, granite, mushroom with sweet red fruits." -- winery