Hello friends. We have two Cab-Syrah blends today from Gorman Winery, one of the rising stars in Washington. After working in the wine trade for more than 10 years (on the import and distribution side) Chris Gorman in 2002 launched his eponymous winery, with a focus on Red Mountain and a clear house style. That style is a hedonist’s dream: ultra-ripe fruit, heady levels of alcohol, and luxurious oak treatment. For me, these are wines best consumed at cellar temperature (60-65 degrees), and young; while some recommend holding these wines, I find the ripe fruit vibrancy irresistible in their youths.
Gorman’s wines are unapologetic givers of pleasure, and critics have responded favorably; none more so than Harvey Steiman at Wine Spectator, who has championed Gorman’s wines from very early on in the winery’s evolution. Here is a Red Mountain-focused video from Harvey that features Chris Gorman, as well as some other winemakers that long-term Full Pull members may recognize.
2008 Gorman Winery “Evil Twin” (Cab-Syrah)
The Evil Twin is about two-thirds Syrah, one-third Cabernet, entirely from Red Mountain. The 2008 vintage marks the fourth consecutive vintage to receive 95pts from Harvey Steiman, an impressive record of consistency:
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “($60); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”
Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “($60); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “($60); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ** (Exceptional).”
I can only echo the reviews above. This is robustly-fruited, grippy, and conveys instant pleasure. Please limit order requests to 4 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping.
2008 Gorman Winery “Zachary’s Ladder” (Cab-Syrah)
For those of you who want to sample the Gorman house style at a lower tariff, Zachary’s Ladder is the choice. Made with some Red Mountain fruit and some fruit from the greater Columbia Valley, this too is a Cab-Syrah blend, with more emphases on the Cabernet (58%). There is also a smattering (4%) of Petit Verdot in the blend. Aged entirely in once-used French barrels, this presents a mouthful of ripe, spicy red and black fruits. Lush in the mouth, this finishes with a dusting of sweet baking spice.
Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “($28); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”
Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “($28); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: * (Excellent).”
First come first served up to 12 bottles, and the wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping.