What: Gramercy Cellars Lagniappe Syrah Columbia Valley 2012 $55
Why: Over the years, master sommelier and winemaker Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars has consistently demonstrated a masterful touch with syrah. The 2012 Gramercy Cellars Lagniappe Syrah ($55) however is one of the winery’s best to date—a strong statement considering its string of standout wines.
Two-thirds of the grapes come from Red Willow Vineyard, the home of the oldest, and some of the most coveted, syrah plantings in the state. The rest come from two other Yakima Valley sites—Minick, which Gramercy has long used for its freshness and acidity, and Oldfield. Oldfield is a younger site adjacent to Boushey Vineyard, long considered one of the top syrah sites in the state.
The result is an exclamation point of a wine that offers densely rich but still exquisitely balanced red and dark fruit flavors along with savory notes of olive, herb, and smoke. It’s easily one of the best wines I’ve sampled all year and a shining example of how syrah thrives in Washington.
This wine is just starting to make it into the Seattle retail market, so keep an eye out for it at your local shop or inquire with Full Pull Wines. At this level of quality, and with Gramercy’s strong local and national following, it won’t last long.