Hello friends. Chris Gorman recently dropped by the warehouse and poured wines from across his three different labels (Gorman, Ashan, Devil/Scratch). What emerged clearly from the tasting: our recent multi-year string of warm vintages in Washington has played perfectly into the Gorman house style. Chris was put on earth for vintages like these.
As a reminder, Chris launched his eponymous winery in 2002 after working in the wine trade for more than 10 years (on the import and distribution side). His aforementioned house 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.
Today we’ll focus on The Devil You Don’t Know, because we were offered a terrific price on that one. Bonus wines will include a new Chardonnay and a rarely (never?)-seen-at-retail Boushey Vineyard Syrah.
This year’s DDK could be labeled as Syrah, with that variety making up 85% of the blend. The remainder is 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Grenache, and 1% Mourvedre. It was aged for 16 months in a combination of new and used American oak, and it clocks in at 15% listed alc. The nose is a beautiful dark brooder, with blackberry fruit complemented by threads of smoky charcoal, violet, and dark soil notes. In the mouth, this is thick, rich, and robustly tannic for Syrah. Much of the Syrah material comes from Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain, and that site can’t help lending its burly tannic structure to any red it touches. The fruit is super dark, extremely intense, and well balanced by gravelly minerals. The whole thing drank very much like baby Pixie (Gorman’s flagship Syrah under his main label; $45). It’s very true to Chris Gorman, very true to Red Mountain, and at a price lower than we’ve ever been able to offer.
First come first served up to 36 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and 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.