2013 Gramercy Cellars "The Deuce" Walla Walla Valley Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Mostly from the Les Collines Vineyard in Walla Walla, the 2013 Syrah The Deuce is a fabulous, downright sexy 2013 that’s loaded with gamy, lavender, dried violets, and peppery aromas and flavors. Giving up lots of dark fruits, full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and a graceful, never heavy texture, it shows the vintage's more charming, approachable style, yet I’m sure this beauty will cruise for a decade in the cellar. (JD)
The herb, violet, red fruit and mineral aromas start out light, with earth, smoked meat and black pepper notes lurking in the background. The fruit and savory flavors coat the palate with a pillowy soft texture, displaying an exquisite sense of balance. It's hard to put the glass down but a grilled peppercorn steak pairing demands it.
(13.5% alcohol; mostly from Les Colline vineyard; vinified with 60% whole clusters and aged for 18 months in 10% new puncheons): Dark red. Sexy aromas of strawberry, bacon fat, minerals, brown spices and cocoa powder call to mind a northern Rhone Syrah. Plush on entry, then spicy and firm in the mid-palate, showing classically dry flavors of red and darker berries complicated by a smoky, rocky aspect. Finishes with firm-edged, building tannins and lingering spices and flowers. Lovely potential here.