Saturday, April 7, 2012

* Gramercy Cellars, Walla Walla

Taste Washington! 2012 Recommended Wines.
* 2nd Runner Up – Gramercy Cellars, my 3rd Favorite Winery at Taste Washington! 2012.

I'm beginning to realize that there are several wineries in Washington making wine the way I like/love Washington wine. Honest expressions of terroir and true passion communicated via delicious bottles of wine (my spell checker wants to use “deliciousness”). Gramercy Cellars is on my list of favorite Washington wineries. Their “The Third Man” red wine blend was one of my overall favorite wines at Taste Washington! this year – love that name. I enjoyed visiting with Greg Harrington, Founder and Winemaker. Bravo Greg! You guys rock! You are on my must visit list. Give me a call if I don't call first.

Greg Harrington and Brandon Moss, Gramercy Cellars.
Gramercy Founder and Master Sommelier Greg Harrington, spent his career overseeing some of the most prestigious wine programs in the country. Gramercy's first harvest was in 2005. Walla Walla Valley native Brandon Moss, Assistant Winemaker, joined Gramercy Cellars in 2009.

The Lovely Wines:

2011 Olsen Vineyard Rose.
2011 Olsen Vineyard Rose - Cinsault mostly, light, fruity, more orange than pink color. 50% Cinsault, 25% Grenache, 25% Syrah, cases produced 90, retail price $25. Recommended.

* Favorite: 2009 Minick Vineyard Columbia Valley Syrah – Wine club only. No new oak. Great nose. 100% Syrah, cases produced 70, retail price $50.


2009 Lagniappe Columbia Valley Syrah.
* Favorite: 2009 Lagniappe Columbia Valley Syrah - Lot of care taken on this wine. Fabulous finish. 100% Syrah, cases produced 352, retail price $45.


2009 Syrah Walla Walla Valley, Les Collines Vineyard.
* Favorite: 2009 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, Les Collines - Meaty, funky, dark, great core, sharp, funk finish. 100% Syrah, cases produced 605, retail price $45.

2009 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
The red strip indicates for Wine Club Only.
2009 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Wine club only. Good. Not huge. Like finish. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, cases produced 145, retail priced $65. Recommended.

** Overall Favorite Wine of Taste Washington 2012.
2009 The Third Man, Gramercy Cellars.
** Overall Favorite of Taste: The Third Man - Red blend, my fave, balanced, Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, like all the way through, mid and finish is my speed, med finish, kind of fancy. 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, cases produced 490, retail price $45.

Wines listed here are the wines I liked and recommend. My favorite wines appealed to me because they expressed unique characteristics and quality, they are indicated by an “*” and are in italics.

Gramercy Cellars
635 N 13th Ave
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Tasting Room Hours: 
December through March: By appointment only Thursday-Saturday

Phone: 509.876.2427

www.gramercycellars.com
twitter: @gramercycellars

Walla Walla AVA Location.

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