Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2008

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93 points Wine Enthusiast: A complex nose shoots up aromas of dark berries, cassis, smoke, earth and toast. The fruit is generous and open; it tastes more like red berries than black. The acidity perfectly balances the fruit, and stretches out the flavors into a smooth, nicely detailed finish. (Sep 2011)

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Gramercy Cellars:
Gramercy Cellars is a 5,000-case winery founded in 2005 by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington and his wife, Pam, to make Rhône- and Bordeaux-based wines in Washington State. We believe that great wines share common traits: great vineyards, small production, minimalist winemaking, time, and patience. Gramercy’s philosophy is simple: to develop or partner with the best vineyards,... Read more
Gramercy Cellars is a 5,000-case winery founded in 2005 by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington and his wife, Pam, to make Rhône- and Bordeaux-based wines in Washington State. We believe that great wines share common traits: great vineyards, small production, minimalist winemaking, time, and patience. Gramercy’s philosophy is simple: to develop or partner with the best vineyards, harvest ripe—not overripe—grapes, intervene minimally in the winemaking process, and use as little new oak as possible. The resultant wines display balance, intense fruit  notes, strong earthiness, restraint, and elegance. Our wines often require time to develop, but reward that with patience. We seek to produce wines that complement food, provide great pleasure, and stand out as uniquely made in Washington. Prior to founding Gramercy, Greg spent his career overseeing some of the most prestigious wine programs in the country, working for top restaurants and chefs such as Joyce Goldstein, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Stephen Hanson. Since passing the Master Sommelier Diploma Exam at the age of 26, Greg has been passionate about making wine. His Washington odyssey began in the spring of 2004, at a backyard picnic in Brooklyn, which was hosted by the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance. There, Greg and Pam tasted wines that surprised them and were different from what they had come to expect from American wines—these were wines that displayed earthy characteristics and balance. A marathon tasting trip in Walla Walla in southeastern Washington later that spring convinced them that Walla Walla was in their future. At first, this meant “when they retire,” but that quickly became “five years from now.” Meanwhile, Greg worked harvest in 2004 in Walla Walla and became more convinced than ever that Walla Walla was the place in the U.S. to make the wines he loved. Soon thereafter, they decided to seize the opportunity to finally follow their dreams full time. Gramercy had its first harvest in 2005. Gramercy Cellars is dedicated to two amazing individuals whom we miss very much: John Lewis Plummer, Pam’s father and himself an entrepreneur, who spent his life preparing for a time when he could help his children follow their dreams. It is thanks to his love and generosity that we were able to create Gramercy Cellars. Master Sommelier Michael Bonaccorsi, whose untimely passing in 2004 motivated us to found Gramercy Cellars, following his example to start and operate a boutique winery focused on quality, integrity, and sustainability. Read less

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06/17/2012

Mossy quality on the nose along with sage and cassis. Fruit is somewhat closed off on the nose. On the palate, it's silky, refined and elegant with cherry, sage and light cream flavors. Polished finish. The cassis and cherry linger well and the finish is dry and oaky. 6/2/12


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/09/2012

Dark red. Aromas of dark raspberry, pepper, violet and Christmas spices; something almost syrah-like about the nose. Not fleshy but intensely flavored, with subtle sweetness and excellent definition to the flavors of crushed currant and raspberry. Finishes firmly tannic and long. An excellent vintage for this bottling. Lovely balance for aging here.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/09/2012

Silky, refined and elegant, this is bursting with cherry, sage and cream flavors that linger on the polished finish. Drink now through 2016.



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93 points Wine Enthusiast: A complex nose shoots up aromas of dark berries, cassis, smoke, earth and toast. The fruit is generous and open; it tastes more like red berries than black. The acidity perfectly balances the fruit, and stretches out the flavors into a smooth, nicely detailed finish. (Sep 2011)

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