Gramercy Cellars Les Collines Vineyard Syrah 2018 / 750 ml.

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WS9595 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 10/21
Greg Harrington has an affinity for the middle blocks at Les Collines and, in 2018, he seems to have reached an extra level of refinement and composure in this wine. Its aromas are haunting, a fine mélange of pine, mint, violets, cocoa and mulled spices with fruit of impressive depth — cassis and blackberry. With exceptional precision and reserve, the tannins are fine and as cool as Cornas. It’s drinking beautifully in its youth, and will age with grace.
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 8th Jul 2021
A blend of Syrah (70% whole clusters) and 5% Viognier, the 2018 Syrah Les Collines opens with a focused and finessed nose, displaying a ripe and elegant black-fruited core. Clocking in at 13% alcohol, the medium-bodied wine has an impeccable palate with gorgeous, ripe fruit flavors that parade with black raspberry essence, dusty black cherry skin, plum blossom, lavender and a soft mineral tension. It displays elegant, fine-grained tannins that melt perfectly to showcase succulent and energetic acidity. The wine concludes with a delicate, complex and long-lingering finish that is beautiful now but will have no problem aging for more than a decade. The wine spent 17 months in neutral French oak. Just under 2,800 bottles were produced. Bravo! It’s stunning!
JD93+93+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/6/2021
Lots of violets, blue fruit, graphite, and peppery notes emerge from the 2018 Syrah Les Collines, which is medium-bodied and has a lively, elegant texture, good balance, and a clean finish. It’s going to put on weight with a year of two of bottle age. (Jeb Dunnuck)
WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2021
This wine hails from one of the valley’s top Syrah sites. Bright, fresh herb aromas are out front, along with violet. Beyond that are notes of whole orange, tobacco leaf and whiffs of smoked meat. The palate is elegant and sumptuous. Pair it with seared flank steak.
VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2020
Medium-deep red. A step up in fruit intensity and nuance on the nose from the Lagniappe Syrah, offering scents of raspberry, spices and pepper complicated by hints of green olive and herbs. More texture and depth on the palate as well, showing a restrained sweetness but also a distinct greenness to its raspberry, pepper and savory spice flavors. This sexy, soil-driven wine has the concentration to develop graceful, and the smooth tannins are nicely folded into the wine’s fruit. Finishes with sneaky subtle building length. Still, I wanted more sweetness — or maybe simply the sweetening influence of some new oak.

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WS95 95 pts. / Wine & Spirits (10/21)

Greg Harrington has an affinity for the middle blocks at Les Collines and, in 2018, he seems to have reached an extra level of refinement and composure in this wine. Its aromas are haunting, a fine mélange of pine, mint, violets, cocoa and mulled spices with fruit of impressive depth — cassis and blackberry. With exceptional precision and reserve, the tannins are fine and as cool as Cornas. It’s drinking beautifully in its youth, and will age with grace.

RP94 94 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (8th Jul 2021)

A blend of Syrah (70% whole clusters) and 5% Viognier, the 2018 Syrah Les Collines opens with a focused and finessed nose, displaying a ripe and elegant black-fruited core. Clocking in at 13% alcohol, the medium-bodied wine has an impeccable palate with gorgeous, ripe fruit flavors that parade with black raspberry essence, dusty black cherry skin, plum blossom, lavender and a soft mineral tension. It displays elegant, fine-grained tannins that melt perfectly to showcase succulent and energetic acidity. The wine concludes with a delicate, complex and long-lingering finish that is beautiful now but will have no problem aging for more than a decade. The wine spent 17 months in neutral French oak. Just under 2,800 bottles were produced. Bravo! It’s stunning!

JD93+ 93+ pts. / Jeb Dunnuck (5/6/2021)

Lots of violets, blue fruit, graphite, and peppery notes emerge from the 2018 Syrah Les Collines, which is medium-bodied and has a lively, elegant texture, good balance, and a clean finish. It’s going to put on weight with a year of two of bottle age. (Jeb Dunnuck)

WE91 91 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (10/1/2021)

This wine hails from one of the valley’s top Syrah sites. Bright, fresh herb aromas are out front, along with violet. Beyond that are notes of whole orange, tobacco leaf and whiffs of smoked meat. The palate is elegant and sumptuous. Pair it with seared flank steak.

VN91 91 pts. / Vinous (Dec 2020)

Medium-deep red. A step up in fruit intensity and nuance on the nose from the Lagniappe Syrah, offering scents of raspberry, spices and pepper complicated by hints of green olive and herbs. More texture and depth on the palate as well, showing a restrained sweetness but also a distinct greenness to its raspberry, pepper and savory spice flavors. This sexy, soil-driven wine has the concentration to develop graceful, and the smooth tannins are nicely folded into the wine’s fruit. Finishes with sneaky subtle building length. Still, I wanted more sweetness — or maybe simply the sweetening influence of some new oak.

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SKU 97305
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Gramercy Cellars Les Collines Vineyard Syrah
Country United States
Region Washington
Product Location - Location-Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13%
Wine/Spirit Brand Gramercy Cellars
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2018
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Syrah
Primary Grape Shiraz
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No

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