Two 2009s from Gorman

Hello friends. I just confirmed an allocation of two wines from the never-easy-to-source Gorman lineup, and I see no reason to waste any time turning around an offering.

Gorman Winery is one of Washington’s rising stars. 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, especially in a fleshy vintage like 2009.

Gorman’s wines bestow pleasure without apology, 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. While Harvey has not yet weighed in on the Bully (perhaps a good thing for our allocation size), he has already chimed in with a rapturous review of Evil Twin.

2009 Gorman Cabernet Sauvignon “Bully”

Gorman’s Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon presents a nose of deep, dark cherry fruit. It plays its aromatic cards close to the chest. It broods. The palate is big everything: big fruit married to big structure and big mineral. There is graphite, and woodsmoke, and massive black-tea tannins. This is burly, chewy Washington Cabernet. Pass the ribeye.

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “($45); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ***** (Exceptional).”

2009 Gorman “Evil Twin” (Cab-Syrah Blend)

Evil Twin is Gorman’s Cab-Syrah, also all from Red Mountain. In 2009, Syrah makes up about two-thirds of the blend. When I tasted this recently, it was easy to pick out the contributions of each grape. From the Syrah we get smoked-meat aromatics and flavors of blue fruit, cured meat, and briny olives. The Cabernet reveals itself entirely through structure, presenting a tannic frame that emerges in the mid-palate and picks up steam through the long finish. Those ripe, plush Cabernet tannins are redolent of genmaicha tea.

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “($65); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ***** (Exceptional).”

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.

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