2013LowerEastSyrah2013 Gramercy, Lower East, Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington State.
Greg Harrington’s Lower East line from his Gramercy Cellars are killer deals in northwest wines and show the power, deep color, fruit and vitality that always amazes people when they try reds from the Columbia Valley, especially near Red Mountain or Walla Walla, Washington. I thought the Lower East Cabernet was fantastic and now I have had the chance to taste the latest Lower East Syrah it is hard to pick between the two offerings, both rock! The new 2013 Lower East Syrah by Gramercy Cellars is a rich and full bodied wine with lots of character and verve showing dark almost purple/black hues and loads of blue and black fruits, this is a sexy and lavish Syrah that has great detail and contrasts with light spices, truffle and subtle oak nuances. The nose shows a hint of violets, bitter coco, blackberry liqueur and iron/shale mineral leading to a round mouth filling palate of boysenberry, creme de cassis, blueberry compote, mole and black cherry along with a touch of pepper, licorice, cedar and vanilla. This is decedent and full of baby fat, but the class is certainly there, drink this exciting Syrah over the next 3 to 5 years, but my guess is that is will develop nicely and be best from 2017 to 2022, it is a terrific value!
($25 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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