2012 Gramercy Cellars "John Lewis" Walla Walla Syrah

SKU #1214813 95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2012 Syrah John Lewis comes from the Les Collines Vineyard in Walla Walla and is 100% Syrah that saw 80% whole clusters and 18 months in mostly neutral French oak puncheons. Tight, backward and nicely structured, with bright acidity, it has layered aromatics of black fruits, black olives, cracked pepper, dried violets and tobacco leaf. This is a sensational Syrah that has deserve 4-5 years of bottle age, and will have 20-25 years of overall longevity. 95+ (JD) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine is a blend of top sites Les Collines, SJR and Red Willow. It’s perfumed with notes of green olive, violets, dried herbs, mineral and smoked meat. The palate is tightly wound, sensuous and supple, lithe yet rich with tart fruit and savory flavors backed by tannins that need more time to come into their own—but this wine surely deserves it. It has all of the stuffing to be a 20+ year wine. Best from 2025 to 2032. Give it an extended decant if opening in the near term. Inner quote mark (7/2012)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The 2012 John Lewis is blended from Les Collines, Red Willow and SJR, Greg Harrington’s source in the Rocks. For now, SJR is wagging the dog, in the wine’s meaty, feral scent, its campfire smokiness, its firm, focused blueberry and mocha flavors. After a day some Rocks wines get a bit louche, but the cooler climate components here keep the wine lifted and energetic. Fascinating now, it certainly has the bones to age. (185 cases) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

91 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark (13.7% alcohol; vinified with 80% of its stems; 18% new oak): Bright red-ruby. Knockout perfume of cherry, licorice and sexy brown spices. Densely packed and distinctly saline; much less open today than the Lagniappe, with fruit in the deep background. Also has a more powerful tannic spine. This baby should be a long ager but it’s extremely closed today. Then again, it won’t be released until next year, at which point it may well merit an even higher score. 91+ (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

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