Two 2011s from Gramercy Cellars

Hello friends. The back to back cool vintages of 2010 and 2011 seem to have been created specifically for the Gramercy house style: low-alc, low-oak, high-purity, high-terroir-expressiveness. What a joy it has been to taste what Greg Harrington and Brandon Moss have crafted from these cooler years.

As Gramercy wines from those vintages have been released, the winery’s star has only continued to rise, and allocations have become more and more competitive. I remember the days early in Full Pull’s existence where the notion of reoffering a high-end Gramercy wine was not so ludicrous. But no longer. With releases from the top end of the lineup, we get one shot to access them.

Jeb Dunnuck published reviews from barrel, and we’ll include those notes, along with some pre-publication reviews from Washington Wine Report that Sean Sullivan was kind enough to share.

2011 Gramercy Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley

Winery notes: “While we approached 95% Les Collines fruit in the 2010 Walla Walla Syrah, the 2011 we finally hit 100%. What more can we say about Les Collines? It’s truly a world-class vineyard for Syrah, unique in Washington. It doesn’t have the smoked meat of the Rocks or the firmness of Yakima sites (e.g. Red Willow), but Les Collines is powerful without being cloying. It emphasizes aromatics and behaves like a Burgundian Grand Cru vineyard, with the mid-slope being the best part… In terms of winemaking, 2011 wasn’t much of a departure from previous vintages: stems, puncheons, neutral oak. The wine pretty much makes itself. This cuvée is a selection from different parts of the hill, each piece giving different characteristics. What was different was the harvest date – October 18-20.  Usually we pick this vineyard around the third week of September.”

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ****/***** (Excellent/Exceptional)”

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): [BARREL SAMPLE] “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD].”

For aromatic complexity, it’s tough to beat Les Collines. This is full of smoke and blueberry and pine nut and a magic high-toned floral component, all violets and lavender. Beautiful to smell, and supple and bright in the mouth, with the usual Gramercy Syrah mix of brambly fruits and savories (briny olives especially). Precise, pure, vibrant: this is beautiful wine.

2011 Gramercy “Third Man” (Grenache Blend)

Winery notes: “The 2011 brings another exciting addition to the Gramercy Grenache vineyard arsenal. We have been working with Alder Ridge and Olsen for a few vintages and in 2011 we added Upland Vineyard.  We now think we have the Washington Grenache trifecta: our own ‘Three Tenors.’  Upland is a legendary Grenache vineyard and we are honored to have it.  The 2011 is from Olsen and Upland Vineyards.  (What happened to the Alder Ridge?  Stay tuned for the 2014 Spring MTA release.) Upland adds another level of aromatics and complexity.  It’s all about red fruits i.e. strawberry and raspberry, with gravel, tar and Provence herbs.”

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

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): [BARREL SAMPLE] “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD].”

This one was all about the texture for me. The silky, pillowy Grenache fruit is the star, bringing raspberry and strawberry fruit that is especially compelling for its wild, brambly, sauvage character. It’s a seamless palate, lighting up sensory receptors along the entire trip from lips to gullet. Nuances of smoked meat, white pepper, and green olive ratchet up the complexity. Glorious earthy Grenache.

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles of each wine, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: