2015 Gramercy Cellars Syrah Lagniappe

- 750 ml
98
JD
Availability: In Stock
$59.95
Availability: In stock
Product ID
82494-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

Always one of my favorite releases from this estate, the 2015 Syrah Lagniappe is 100% Syrah (mostly from the Red Willow Vineyard in Yakima, with 5% from the Forgotten Hills Vineyard just south of Walla Walla). Deep ruby/plum-colored and loaded with Côte Rôtie-like (Côte Blonde?) notes of black raspberries, crushed flowers, tapenade, and crushed flowers, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, seamless, and silky on the palate, with incredible finesse and elegance. It's going to benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age and knock your socks off over the following decade or more. It’s unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage.

Jeb Dunnuck | 98 JD
The 2015 Syrah Lagniappe offers up a rich, extravagant bouquet of ripe plums, blackberries, bay leaf, black olive and cola. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and layered, with an ample core of succulent fruit that largely conceals fine-grained, chewy tannins that only assert themselves on the finish. It's one of the riper, more powerful wines in the Gramercy Cellars range this year. Like the Forgotten Hills Vineyard bottling, it will reward several years of bottle age and will also be worth following for a decade thereafter.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95 RP
Greg Harrington MS exchanged pouring wine for making wine in 2005. Enthralled by wine, he produces excellent Syrah and intriguing Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon. This Syrah is a worthy successor to the superb 2014 Lagniappe, and it comes mostly from Red Willow Vineyard in Yakima, aged in neutral oak. There are exuberant smoky plum and blackberry aromas, while the palate is suave and full-bodied with sleek ripe tannins, Still youthful and rather grippy, it's a compact wine that needs time. Long, with a firm, tarry finish. Drinking Window 2020 - 2032

Decanter | 93 DEC
(all from Red Willow vineyard; made from a clone that Harrington believes originally came from Hermitage, while the John Lewis is 100% Phelps clone, which is rumored to come from Guigal in Côte-Rôtie; vinified with 100% whole clusters): Healthy ruby-red. Tight, high-pitched scents of blueberry, blackberry, mint and minerals. Distinctly dry but rich on the palate, conveying a strong impression of berry ripeness. Serious tannins spread out to saturate the palate, but the long, rising finish maintains brisk fruit intensity.

Vinous Media | 93 VM
With its scents of clove and mint and plummy fruit, this seems bright and juicy and, at the same time, dark and dense. The tannins infuse it with energy, tense as a springboard, giving the wine a lift for a lighter grilled meal, like fennel-rubbed pork loin. (586 cases)

Wine & Spirits | 91 W&S
This wine comes mostly from fruit from the esteemed Red Willow Vineyard, along with a 5% pinch from Forgotten Hills. Aromas of fresh herb, blood orange, green and black olive, cured meat, hay and black pepper are out front. The palate bursts with dark raspberry and cherry flavors that bring a sense of texture, with dry, bunched up tannins backing it up.

Wine Enthusiast | 90 WE

More Information
Availability In Stock
Vintage 2015
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country US: As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Producer Gramercy
Rating 98 JD
Region Washington: While California definitely owns the spotlight when it comes to excellent American wines, Washington winemakers should certainly not be underestimated. While their traditional focus was set firmly on refreshing, illustrious white wines, they've adopted French red varietals like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then, they've been achieving excellence in both categories and can compete with the world's most prestigious viticultural titans. Flavor-wise, you can expect a healthy amount of variety when it comes to Washington's finest wines. From acidic and fruity bottles that can shake you up from even the deepest slumber or sadness to rich and ripe powerhouses that command the respect of everyone in the room after as much as a single whiff. Juicy raspberries that gently tickle your tongue, deep and noble blackberries, intense cherries and earthen oak - these are the flavors that characterize this region, despite the presence of an entire orchestral symphony of other aromatic notes. A sampling of fine wine from Washington is a lot like being seduced, so why not uncork one of these bottles for a potential or existing partner? With a drink of this quality, those romantic sparks will turn into a fireworks display, as your emotions are laid bare and intensified, and you make a connection that can last a lifetime.
Type of Wine Washington Red
OWC No
Varietal Shiraz/Syrah: Syrah, or also commonly known as Shiraz is one of the darkest thick and full-bodied wine filled with aromatic hints of blueberry, blackberry, and some spicy peppery notes. Primarily grown in France, you can easily find a bottle throughout Australia, Spain, Italy, Chile, and Argentina.
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