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Gramercy Cellars, Walla Walla (Oct 2022)

Gramercy Cellars is a quick pitstop from the Walla Walla Airport. Definitely stop by if you're flying into Walla Walla to try some unique wines.

Their style is probably best summed up as "old-world-meets-new Rhône and Bordeaux varietals." Their wines were light, refreshing, and with interesting minerality and terroir. They source from their 3 estate vineyards, and several other vineyards in the Walla Walla and nearby AVAs.

Tasting Notes From Gramercy Cellars

2019 L'Idiot du Village Mourvèdre

"Mourvèdre is at home in Eastern Washington. We source our Mourvèdre from two Yakima AVA sites. Olsen vineyard Alder Ridge brings depth & structure. The 2019 Mourvèdre was fermented 50% whole cluster & aged for 18 months in neutral Stockinger foudre, 500-liter puncheons, & barrels. Black cherry, orange peel, black pepper, purple flowers, and curry powder are just some of the notes jumping out of the glass. It also brings up memories of the best pot roast Mom ever made. Yum! 93 Pts-Vinous" Retail $44. Club Members $37. Rating 4.5

2017 Syrah Walla Walla

"In 2005, we founded Gramercy to focus specifically on Walla Walla Syrah. In fact, we were only going to make is all about freshness & aromatics while one wine. The idea was to create an iconic wine that showcased the best of the Valley. The 2017 the Walla Walla Syrah is a blend of Holy Roller Vine- yard in the Rocks District with Les Collines Vineyard located in the foot- hills of the Blue Mountains. These sites are perfect compliments. Les Collines brings elegance, freshness, acidity, & structure, while Holy Roller adds power & classic Syrah aromatics. 92 Pts-Wine Enthusiast" Retail $40. Club Members $34. Rating 4.4

2018 Syrah "Lagniappe"

"fo- LAN-YAP-The New Orleans term meaning "a little something extra" epitomizes this wine. The Lagniappe is predominantly from Red Willow Vineyard; the first Syrah vines planted in Washington State, which brings flavors of ripe and juicy cranberries and blueberries. A little extra Estate fruit from Forgotten Hills adds a touch of umami quality to the wine, reminiscent of years past Lagniappe. Fermented 98% whole cluster with native yeast in concrete. Powerful & decadent. Like the perfect Gabagool. 93 Pts - Wine & Spirits Retail Club Members" Retail $65. Club Members $55. Rating 4.3

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

"Our Cabernet contains two vital parts - Phinny Hill & Bacchus Vine yard. Phinny is backbone & elegance. As the vines are 50 years old, Bacchus is all about power & complexity. The wine is predominantly Cab Sauv. 4% Walla Walla Merlot adds mid-palate 'wow'. Classic Cabernet. High-toned and fresh. Bright red fruit, pencil lead (graphite), and red/ purple flowers. Dark chocolate, dusty, dirty with a slight green herbal edge. Firm tannins. Did we mention the mouth-watering acidity?! Total yum. 94 Pts - Wine Spectator" Retail $60. Club Members $51. Rating 4.5

2019 Gramercy "Estates"

"A Bordeaux style blend of 70% Cab Sauv, 15% Cab Franc, & 15% Merlot. This wine is a blind barrel select from our Estate vineyards & showcases the best of what they have to offer each vintage. Sourced entirely from our 5-acre JB George Vineyard, across the street from Pepper Bridge Vineyard & Octave Estate, located high in the SeVein development in Oregon. Hel lo, that's Walla Walla Cabernet. Sweet red fruit, cola, black cherry, green herbs, & dark chocolate. This wine has incredible length & complexity. 92 Pts - Int'l Wine Report" Retail $72. Club Members $61. Rating 4.6

We loved the 2019 L'Idiot du Village Mourvèdre, with earthy and mushroom notes reminiscent of a Pinot Noir, and mellowed from addition of 5% Syrah.

The 2017 Syrah Walla and Walla 2018 Syrah "Lagniappe" were interestingly more mineral than we were accustomed to, likely due to the nature of the Rocks District vineyards. While they didn't fit the profile of a "typical Syrah", they were peculiarly delicious.

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon was a lighter style cab with some graphite, and green peppery tones.

The 2019 Gramercy "Estates" Estates was a bordeaux style with a very peppery nose, but the palate was smooth and velvety with a nice spicy finish.

We had a great tasting experience at Gramercy Cellars. Their wines have a distinct Rhone and Bordeaux style, but with a modern twist. Their different perspective on wine was intriguing, and delicious.


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