2017 was a phenomenal vintage for Gramercy Cellars, they had some gorgeous grapes to make thier "Lower East" Syrah with.
The 2017 vintage combines the fruit-forward qualities of Yakima Valley Syrah with the freshness and acidity of Walla Walla hillside vineyards, and the meatiness and funk of the rocks Syrah at Holy Roller Vineyard.
The wine has been crafted from a 75% blend of Syrah with 15% Carignan (which adds red fruit, spice and meatiness). The wine was fermented with a large number of whole cluster grapes and partially in Concrete tank, with native yeast.
The wine immediateLy hits you with savoury notes of bacon fat, roasted meat, black olives, tar and black peppercorn. This is backed up with fruit notes of ripe cherry, blackcurrants and wild mountain berries. There are subtle hints of fresh thyme and violets.
On the palate this wine is all about mouthfeel. There are no hard edges. It’s smooth and silky. Tannins pick up a bit on the back end and there's enough acidity to give this wine a long, seamless finish.
Reviewed by Sean P Sullivan on WineEnthusiast.com it scored 91 pts
"High-register aromas of fresh and dried herbs, green pepper, plum, pencil lead and black cherry lead to lighter-styled fruit flavors. (Very) far from a big bruiser, it shows a pleasing sense of elegance and a mouthwatering quality seldom seen on this variety. It will sing at the dinner table."