Hello friends. We have a new vintage today of a wine that has been popular with list members and critics alike:
After working in the wine trade for more than 10 years (on the import and distribution side) Chris Gorman launched his eponymous winery in 2002 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. Gorman’s wines are unapologetic givers of pleasure, and critics always respond favorably, as they have here:
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”
I won’t add much, as that’s already plenty of tasting-note goodness, but this is indeed a big wine (especially for cooler 2010), clocking in at 15.2% listed alc, staining the glass with its opaque purple-black color, and presenting plenty of smoky/nutty barrel notes to complement the massive purple fruit. The cool vintage weighs in only in the form of floral/violet topnotes. Gorman has become one of the masters of the Cab-Syrah blend in Washington, borrowing the plush fruit and mineral tones of Syrah and pairing them to the massive structure of Red Mountain Cabernet. The result is a palate-staining monster, a black-hearted beast.
First come first served up to 12 bottles, and the wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.