2013 Gramercy "John Lewis" Walla Walla Valley Syrah

SKU #1268534 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A beautiful Syrah that’s always up near the top of any vintage, the 2013 Syrah John Lewis comes all from the Les Collines Vineyard in the Walla Walla AVA (this is not in the rocks portion of the AVA), and is fermented with no destemming followed by aging all in older puncheons. This fabulous 2013 offers beautiful notes of ground pepper, lavender, olive and smoked dark fruits. This gives way to a layered, full-bodied and concentrated Syrah that as a core of sweet fruit, a supple, sexy texture and a great finish. It benefits from a decant if drinking anytime soon, and will have 15-20 years of overall longevity. (JD)  (6/2016)

95 points Wine & Spirits

 The 2013 John Lewis comes from Les Collines Vineyard, in particular a mid-slope parcel Greg Harrington refers to as Block 46; that site’s drainage and aspect, poised between cooler higher elevations and warmer blocks, seems effortlessly dramatized here. It’s warm enough to be succulent and generous, cool enough to have an aromatic profile that’s wild and irresistible, all mocha and olive, lavender and bergamot. The flavors are cool and demonstrative at once, the energy quietly thrilling.  (6/2016)

93 points Vinous

 (made entirely with whole clusters; 13.5% alcohol): Deep red-ruby. Wild, musky aromas of dark raspberry, graphite, licorice, brown spices, dried flowers, crushed rock and peppery herbs. Wonderfully fine-grained and savory in the mouth, showing outstanding tension and peppery lift to the raspberry, black olive and mineral flavors. A very subtle, sharply delineated Syrah with a restrained sweetness and a long, slowly building finish featuring suave, palate-dusting tannins. I find this more complex and much easier to taste than the 2012 at a similar stage of its evolution. 93+ (ST)  (1/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 It's the stem inclusion that shows itself first, with aromas of olive and herb in front of violets, red fruit, pepper, earth and whiffs of coffee and smoked meat. The flavors are reserved, supple and polished, with bright acids keeping it all in focus. It demands food alongside it to be properly appreciated. (SS)  (7/2016)

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5