If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’d think this would be a no-brainer for me. I pump the tires of Washington wine so hard that you’d think I was born in Tacoma. (I wasn’t.) In particular, I love what Washington State does to my favourite red grape of all: Syrah. Add in a top notch critically-acclaimed producer and it’s a recipe for a killer review, right? At the end of the day, that’s definitely where it ended up, but it took a little while for it to get there.
But let’s back up. This is another bottle from the wine lineup of Washington’s Gramercy Cellars brought into the province by Highlander Wine & Spirits, cousin to the Third Man GSM blend that I glowingly reviewed back in mid-December. In case you don’t feel like clicking on the link, here’s the Gramercy story in a nutshell: young NYC Master Sommelier phenom with high-powered resto-job leaves it all behind to pursue his passion and grow Syrah in Walla Walla. Gramercy makes other wines too (I still have a Cab and a Tempranillo downstairs waiting to be opened, and the Third Man is mainly Grenache), but Syrah is their heart and their focus. Did I mention that tonight’s bottle is a Syrah? And did I mention that Syrah’s my favourite?