2013LowerEastCS2013 Lower East by Gramercy Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington State.
The Lower East lineup, Syrah and this Cabernet are beautiful wines and great values from Greg Harrington at Gramercy, they offering amazing richness and detail for the money and are stylish reds from Washington State. The 2013 Cabernet is lush and round with loads of red and black fruits, but still has some serious vigor, thick texture, intensity and focus with ripe/sweet tannins as well as a long finish, this is some good stuff, honestly it would be difficult to find a wine of this quality in Napa Valley under $75 to 100! I’m a huge fan of all the Gramercy Cellars wines, from his Picpoul and Rhone style red blends to his lovely Syrahs and powerful Cabernet, I recommend you try all of Harrington’s stuff, but this Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon is a great place to start. The Lower East Cabernet starts with a hint of smoky wood, red berries, light floral tones and sweet licorice leading to a layered palate of blackberry, tangy currants, cherry and juicy plum fruit with notes of cassis, vanilla, stony earth, dried tobacco/cigar wrapper and sexy violet/acacia flowers and blueberry that linger on and on with a lift of smooth acidity and just enough grip tannin to let you know this wine has structure and poise. This full-bodied wine impresses and pleases the senses, drink it over the next 3 to 5 years, though I’m sure it will reward a decade in the cellar as well, have with BBQ, grilled meats and or mushroom dishes, 2013 is a vintage to stock up on!
($35 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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