Hello friends. Our list has dibs on a new-release Syrah from Gramercy that has been stirring up a lot of interest since Jeb Dunnuck published his annual set of Washington reviews back in June:
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHELD]. 94pts.”
The 2013 CV Syrah hasn’t officially landed in Seattle yet. We got our sample bottle direct from the winery, and Gramercy’s reps here in Seattle will be placing an order for us based on our list’s demand. That’s not to say other accounts won’t have access. They will, but we can claim our share first.
This wine should be familiar to astute list members. It’s the sophomore vintage of a wine whose debut 2012 was extremely popular when we offered it in October 2014 and then reoffered it in June 2015. Here is how Greg Harrington introduced the new wine back then: [TEXT WITHHELD].
This year’s version again combines Walla Walla fruit (Old Stones and SJR in The Rocks District, Les Collines in the foothills) with Yakima Valley fruit (Minick, Oldfield, Olsen). It was done with 50% whole clusters, and aged in a mix of French barriques and puncheons, 10% new, for 20 months. Listed alc is 13.9%. Two years in, I’m really smitten with this project. The reason why: it provides a lovely introduction to Rocks aromatics without going over the top. And yeah, I know that many of us funk-lovers enjoy it when Rocks aromatics go over the top, but there’s something to be said for a more balanced profile between funky/earthy notes and more traditional fruit tones. That’s the balance this wine strikes. Yes, the olives and earth and cured meats are there, but they are umami subtleties, grace notes to balance pure clean fruit (huckleberry) and flower (violet) tones. Those Yak sites (Minick especially) provide wonderful acidity and citrus-peel freshness, the perfect foil to lush, pillowy Rocks fruit. The overall package conveys a fine sense of balance, and it really is a well-priced, wonderful introduction to the fine work that Greg Harrrington and Brandon Moss are doing with Gramercy’s Syrah program.
First come first served up to 12 bottles, and the wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.