Gramercy Cellars

Columbia Valley Syrah

9.1200 ratings
9.143 pro ratings
Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Tom Elliot

Founder Northwest Wines

9.4

Crozes-like in a pure, modern, top example way.

Crozes-like in a pure, modern, top example way.

Mar 31st, 2022
Chris McClellan

Big red fruit, black pepper and smoke/meat...this was my favorite...

Big red fruit, black pepper and smoke/meat...this was my favorite...

May 11th, 2020
David Shaw

Revisiting same vintage six months later. Messed up a bit here; flavors after an hour push toward cherry with a hint of black pepper, black olive pit and soapiness on finish, and a solid tannin core that slowly softens. There’s a hint of spearmint in there as well. All in all, not so different from my previous tasting notes.

Revisiting same vintage six months later. Messed up a bit here; flavors after an hour push toward cherry with a hint of black pepper, black olive pit and soapiness on finish, and a solid tannin core that slowly softens. There’s a hint of spearmint in there as well. All in all, not so different from my previous tasting notes.

Jan 18th, 2020
David Shaw

Eucalyptus, spearmint and black cherry flavors, rounded mouthfeel. Decant one hour.

Eucalyptus, spearmint and black cherry flavors, rounded mouthfeel. Decant one hour.

Dec 25th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

The nose is brooding as the glass even approaches. Ruby, ripe; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, an array of purple fruits, blueberries, creamy raspberries, baked, dark cherries and plum. Mid intensity grilled meats, smoke, cracked pepper, blue/purple fruit cola, black licorice, nice, soft, dark spice, crushed rocks, moist clay, vanilla, understated dry herbs, blue, purple flowers and gently layered lavender.

The body is full, thick, lush and ruby. The mouthfeel is gorgeous/sexy. It just starting to drink softer, showing good integration with another 10 plus years of good drinking ahead. This style, structure, tension, length & balance is why I love well made Syrahs from Walla Walla. Ruby, ripe; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, an array of purple fruits, blueberries, creamy raspberries, baked, dark cherries and plum. Mid intensity grilled meats, smoke, cracked pepper, blue/purple fruit cola, black licorice, caramel, mocha powder, milk chocolate, nice, soft, dark spice that brings heat to the palate, notes of cinnamon, crushed rocks, moist clay, vanilla, understated dry herbs, dark, rich, turned earth, even show a touch graphite, used tobacco with ash, blue, purple flowers and gently layered lavender. The acidity is round and nicely done. The lush, rich, ripe, well balanced, finish glides beautifully & juicy over the palate while it persists minutes.

Photos of; side shot of the tasting room that looks like an 1800’s saloon from the outside, the lounge area of their tasting room, Greg Karrington’s Co-Owner and Co-Winemakers Master Sommelier Certificate (no easy thing to pass) and my wife at their tasting bar chatting it up.

The nose is brooding as the glass even approaches. Ruby, ripe; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, an array of purple fruits, blueberries, creamy raspberries, baked, dark cherries and plum. Mid intensity grilled meats, smoke, cracked pepper, blue/purple fruit cola, black licorice, nice, soft, dark spice, crushed rocks, moist clay, vanilla, understated dry herbs, blue, purple flowers and gently layered lavender.

The body is full, thick, lush and ruby. The mouthfeel is gorgeous/sexy. It just starting to drink softer, showing good integration with another 10 plus years of good drinking ahead. This style, structure, tension, length & balance is why I love well made Syrahs from Walla Walla. Ruby, ripe; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, an array of purple fruits, blueberries, creamy raspberries, baked, dark cherries and plum. Mid intensity grilled meats, smoke, cracked pepper, blue/purple fruit cola, black licorice, caramel, mocha powder, milk chocolate, nice, soft, dark spice that brings heat to the palate, notes of cinnamon, crushed rocks, moist clay, vanilla, understated dry herbs, dark, rich, turned earth, even show a touch graphite, used tobacco with ash, blue, purple flowers and gently layered lavender. The acidity is round and nicely done. The lush, rich, ripe, well balanced, finish glides beautifully & juicy over the palate while it persists minutes.

Photos of; side shot of the tasting room that looks like an 1800’s saloon from the outside, the lounge area of their tasting room, Greg Karrington’s Co-Owner and Co-Winemakers Master Sommelier Certificate (no easy thing to pass) and my wife at their tasting bar chatting it up.

Jul 21st, 2019
Ryan Flinn

Aged nicely, better 3rd day into this bottle. Blueberry pie, hint of smoke. Delicious. Also - Greg & Pam Harrington are wonderful people - Met them years ago thanks to Charlotte Milan.

Aged nicely, better 3rd day into this bottle. Blueberry pie, hint of smoke. Delicious. Also - Greg & Pam Harrington are wonderful people - Met them years ago thanks to Charlotte Milan.

Jun 16th, 2019
David Shaw

Dense purple red in color. Leather (and light barrel smoke, possibly), black currant, raspberry and herbal notes in nose. Thin body, slightly soapy mouthfeel with lemon-orange finish on initial pour. Flavors need time to develop. Light to moderate skin astringency, light lactic on finish with persistent medium-weight seed tannins. Light but integrated flavors of cherry, black currant and sage eventually emerge. Worth decanting at least two hours. Well made but challenging to assess; worth revisiting with a second or third bottle opened at a later date.

Dense purple red in color. Leather (and light barrel smoke, possibly), black currant, raspberry and herbal notes in nose. Thin body, slightly soapy mouthfeel with lemon-orange finish on initial pour. Flavors need time to develop. Light to moderate skin astringency, light lactic on finish with persistent medium-weight seed tannins. Light but integrated flavors of cherry, black currant and sage eventually emerge. Worth decanting at least two hours. Well made but challenging to assess; worth revisiting with a second or third bottle opened at a later date.

Apr 27th, 2019
Tom Elliot

Founder Northwest Wines

9.2

Very fine. Linear, pure, fresh.

Very fine. Linear, pure, fresh.

Jan 1st, 2019
Robert McCall

Firing on all cylinders. Aromas, balance, and mouthfeels. Hit me in the feels. One of Walla Walla’s finest showing well tonight with the Valley Syrah.

Firing on all cylinders. Aromas, balance, and mouthfeels. Hit me in the feels. One of Walla Walla’s finest showing well tonight with the Valley Syrah.

Dec 16th, 2018
Levi Glenn

Nice domestic Syrah showing a fair amount of Northern Rhône qualities. Drank over three days. Density was more present on opening, by day three it was floral, bright and showed more whole cluster character.

Nice domestic Syrah showing a fair amount of Northern Rhône qualities. Drank over three days. Density was more present on opening, by day three it was floral, bright and showed more whole cluster character.

May 12th, 2018