Walla Walla is located in the Lower East corner of Washington State. It is a home for world class Cabernet Sauvignon.
Gramercy Cellars wanted to make a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon. The idea began when they asked Dick Beightol at Phinny Hill in the Horse Heaven Hills to plant Cabernet vines specifically for them. He replied that he had a special gravel outcropping that he would love to plant. Phinny Hill is near perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon.
It shows red fruit, gravel, herbs, bright acidity and firm tannin. The fruit blended fantastically well with Gramercy's own Walla Walla Estate Vineyard, Octave Estate and Pepper Bridge blocks.
Walla Walla fruit tends to be more blue or black fruit and fills in the mid palate of the blend. Octave Estate Vineyard is just over 1300 feet elevation and brings complexity and great acidity to the wine.
The 2016 wine is classic Cabernet. It has aromatics of blackcurrants, cherry, and ripe raspberry, followed by subtle notes of dark chocolate, rose hips, beechwood, vanilla bean, thyme and Turkish spices.
This wine definitely leans more towards elegant than powerful.
On the palate it has silky approachable tannins with firm acidity. The finish is long but soft and approachable.