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Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Crushed rock, ink, and herb stem come together on the nose in a very floral almost vegetal way. Air brings out white pepper nuance, lots of India ink, a little middle eastern spice, juniper and burnt roast beef aromas. soft on entry, this shows off nicely ripe tannins that are quite polished supporting bright fruit, almost black currant toned fruit. Bright and zesty in the mouth, this show super focused and more red fruited and ripely stemmy on the long. finish. Fabulous purity and great complexity here, though this should only get a better with a few more years in the cellar. 93pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 03/03/2014

Crushed rock, ink, and herb stem come together on the nose in a very floral almost vegetal way. Air brings out white pepper nuance, lots of India ink, a little middle eastern spice, juniper and burnt roast beef aromas. soft on entry, this shows off nicely ripe tannins that are quite polished supporting bright fruit, almost black currant toned fruit. Bright and zesty in the mouth, this show super focused and more red fruited and ripely stemmy on the long. finish. Fabulous purity and great complexity here, though this should only get a better with a few more years in the cellar. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 03/03/2014

55% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre This is hugely aromatic with a rush of floral, twiggy and green peppercorn top notes over rich, sweet almost raspberry fruit that gains a little minty, cactus leaf, coffee bean, and violet nuance with air. On entry this shows some light, sweet, and gently creamy strawberry fruit that is gently complex and transparent. The palate is a touch soft, fairly large scaled with small tannins that help drive the fairly long finish. Picking up hints of leather and meat on the backend, this does gain some nuanced complexity but is more about it’s large scale and easy going nature than complexity. 90pts


Member Reviews for Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah

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Snooth User: alm mtw
453675154
0.00 5
Vintage: 2012 11/16/2015

http://2015.top100.winespectator.com/lists/


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.70 5
Vintage: 2011 03/03/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 03/03/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Ranjit
39581177
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/07/2010

very full-bodied; floral


Snooth User: winebuff2
25626116
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 09/15/2009

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: winebuff2
25626116
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 09/15/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah

External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/30/2011

The 2009 Walla Walla is the first Walla Walla Syrah that could be labeled a single vineyard wine. It's from the Les Collines Vineyard, mostly from the upper slopes. We only destemmed a tiny fraction of the grapes. After fermentation, we put the wine in 500L puncheons and some 225L neutral barrels and forgot about it for 15 months. The result is an insanely aromatic, Rhone-like Syrah. Smoked meat, bacon and perfume.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 03/23/2009

Master Sommelier and Gramercy owner Greg Harrington spent his career overseeing some of the most prestigious wine programs in the country. His goal was always the same - to find balanced wines with limited oak influence that taste of a specific place.



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