2009 Gramercy Walla Walla Valley Syrah
Wine & Spirits
Purple and spicy at first, with aromas of boysenberry and sassafras, this wine yields a mild gamey note with air—a marker, perhaps, of Les Collines, the vineyard contributing 95 percent of this wine. After a day it takes on Syrah’s wilder side, smelling of kid leather and smoked tomato, the savory elements mingling with sweet black fig for a wine of uncommon sensuality, showing the generous warmth of Walla Walla sunshine in a tight frame. Ideal with a smoked pork shop.
*Highly Recommended* Supple, slinky and opulent, with black olive, oatmeal and mace overtones to the tightly knit blackberry and plum fruit, getting spicier as the finish persists. Drink now through 2019.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Syrah Walla Walla Valley was sourced mostly from the Les Collines Vineyard. A brooding bouquet offers up notes of smoked meat, game, lavender, pepper, plum, and blueberry. On the palate it reveals a sense of elegance, excellent grip and volume, and enough stuffing to evolve for 2-3 years. It will provide optimum drinking from 2013 to 2024. (JM)
A very firm and well-structured expression of pure Walla Walla Syrah. There is a core of blueberry and blackberry fruit, amply wrapped in sweetly toasty, smoky oak (despite very little new barrel usage). It finishes clean with the characteristic earthy foundation of Walla Walla Syrah, and a streak of rock and licorice.