Gramercy Cellars L'Idiot du Village
A Manhattan-based Master Sommelier tastes some Washington State wines and is so inspired, he sells everything to move across the country to make his own. That’s the start of the story of Gramercy Cellars, where a close eye on the grapes (picked for almost-peak ripeness, mostly organic), matched with minimalist wine making techniques (no or little new oak, no additives) and a lot of time (extended aging) has created wine that’s considered some of the best that Washington offers.
Greg Harrington, with his wife, Pam, moved to Walla Walla in 2005 to make a specific kind of old-world-meets-new Rhône and Bordeaux varietals. Their goal was to leverage Greg’s background as a Master Sommelier for leading restauranteurs and the near perfect growing conditions near Walla Walla to create some of the best-reviewed wines from the region. The results are intense, yet restrained; elegant, yet earthy.
The 2015 L’Idiot is 95% Mourvèdre and 5% Carignan, mostly from Olsen Vineyard, with a small portion from Alder Ridge Vineyard. We fermented this wine in both concrete and stainless steel with 60% whole cluster and aged the wine for 15 months in old oak.
Red raspberry, cherry, fresh blackberry, garrigue, mineral, stone, tar, gravel, finishes sweet fruit, sweet cream, orange peel, smoked meat.
"Bright, dark red. Sexy purple aromas of black raspberry and violet accented by spices and a suggestion of wild herbs that's no doubt partly from the stems): Firm but rather open-knit for this bottling; distinctly less hard than in the early years. Offers a solid deep core of tart red plum and spices and finishes with a fine dusting of tannins, noteworthy length and no rough edges. Harrington was a bit less specific about food matches for this wine: "with a grilled or roasted four-legged animal." 90 pts, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
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Producer of seriously fine, focused and thrilling reds from Washington State
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