Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2009 Gramercy Cellars Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine: Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer: Gramercy Cellars
Vintage: 2009    Varietal(s): Cabernet Sauvignon
Cost: $20-$32
Quality: 90-91 | Very Good - Excellent
Region: Columbia Valley AVA

Dark plum in color with cool dark fruits, tobacco, spice box and a hint of vanilla on the nose. Silky dark fruit, tobacco and little spice on the palate. This is young and tightly wound showing good acidity, tannins and finish. Extended decant or some cellar time for a few years would do this very well. Well-structured wine and great match for a ribeye.  Very Good/Excellent.

Buzz: Great story. Founder Greg Harrington was the youngest American to pass the Master Sommelier Exam at the age of 26 and went on to run some of the best restaurant wine programs in the country. While on a trip to Walla Walla, he and his wife decided to move out to Washington and begin the quest to make amazing wine. Focused on less oak, less alcohol and more restrained style, this is one of the next ‘Cult’ winery if not there already. This is their second wine with extra grapes not used in their flagship wines. Excellent lineup. Recommended.

Availability: Limited availability. Local grocers, wine shops and winery.

Gramercy Cellars
Walla Walla, WA
Since 2005

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