Gramercy Cellars

Columbia Valley Syrah

9.152 ratings
9.18 pro ratings
Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
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
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
David Shaw

Dense purple red. Wood, smoke notes in nose, lemon, cherry, spice and walnut notes in mouth, cherry finish, high weight tannins on finish aftertaste. Needs time to open so fruit can develop

Dense purple red. Wood, smoke notes in nose, lemon, cherry, spice and walnut notes in mouth, cherry finish, high weight tannins on finish aftertaste. Needs time to open so fruit can develop

Oct 25th, 2017
Don Davis

Dark black fruit, savory, Med-Full, hint of baking spices, downright delicious on this winter eve.

Dark black fruit, savory, Med-Full, hint of baking spices, downright delicious on this winter eve.

Dec 31st, 2016
Vicente Piedrahita

Red fruit with a little barnyard funk. Meaty and delicious. Not overly heavy. Loving everything I’ve had from Gramercy Cellars.

Red fruit with a little barnyard funk. Meaty and delicious. Not overly heavy. Loving everything I’ve had from Gramercy Cellars.

Jun 9th, 2019
Michael Flynn

2013 spectacular nose, long aftertaste. Excellent with spicy sausage and portobello bruschetta mushroom .

2013 spectacular nose, long aftertaste. Excellent with spicy sausage and portobello bruschetta mushroom .

Jul 16th, 2018
Riddley Walker

Чёрная смородина, черничный джем, спелая ежевика, сушёный банан, маслины, тонкие специи, фиалки, сосновая смола, эвкалипт, кофе, земля. Средне-полное тело с хорошей кислотностью, мастеровито интегрированным дубом и аккуратными танинами; алкоголь не выпирает, но незримо ощутим на заднем плане, чуть печёт и сушит. Молодо и первично, с потенциалом к развитию, но уже вполне открыто. Органолептика ярка и активна, мускулиста, при этом собрана, сдержана в самых буйных порывах. И все же больше напористости, чем естественной харизмы. Достаточно одного бокала.

Чёрная смородина, черничный джем, спелая ежевика, сушёный банан, маслины, тонкие специи, фиалки, сосновая смола, эвкалипт, кофе, земля. Средне-полное тело с хорошей кислотностью, мастеровито интегрированным дубом и аккуратными танинами; алкоголь не выпирает, но незримо ощутим на заднем плане, чуть печёт и сушит. Молодо и первично, с потенциалом к развитию, но уже вполне открыто. Органолептика ярка и активна, мускулиста, при этом собрана, сдержана в самых буйных порывах. И все же больше напористости, чем естественной харизмы. Достаточно одного бокала.

Jun 29th, 2018
Ely Cohn

What an incredibly expressive nose. Olive tapenade, lavender, eucalyptus, violets, black pepper. It is medium ripe with well integrated, restrained oak. Comes in a full body with high acidity and concentrated mile-long flavors dominated by dark fruits and a salinic metallic quality. No faults to mention but so intense I’m fine and happy with just one glass. Sometimes that’s all you need.

What an incredibly expressive nose. Olive tapenade, lavender, eucalyptus, violets, black pepper. It is medium ripe with well integrated, restrained oak. Comes in a full body with high acidity and concentrated mile-long flavors dominated by dark fruits and a salinic metallic quality. No faults to mention but so intense I’m fine and happy with just one glass. Sometimes that’s all you need.

Jun 9th, 2018
Tom Casagrande

Ridiculous value. Sizable amount of Rocks District fruit as I understand it. Nose has several shifting savory and fruity notes: tangy dark berries, Worcestershire sauce, dark minerality, smoke, jerky. In the mouthy the savory takes over with intense clinginess, really nice acids. Good tannic structure for further development. Long-ass finish.

Ridiculous value. Sizable amount of Rocks District fruit as I understand it. Nose has several shifting savory and fruity notes: tangy dark berries, Worcestershire sauce, dark minerality, smoke, jerky. In the mouthy the savory takes over with intense clinginess, really nice acids. Good tannic structure for further development. Long-ass finish.

May 5th, 2018