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 Vintage2007 Label 2 of 10 
TypeRed
ProducerGramercy Cellars (web)
VarietySyrah
Designation"Lagniappe"
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2016 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Gramercy Cellars Syrah Lagniappe on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.7 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 21 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ocperu on 5/28/2012: Opened up nicely after two hours. Wish I had more! (3477 views)
 Tasted by hdchappy on 12/31/2011 & rated 93 points: Fantastic WA Sryah, everyone loved this wine tonight. Dark, deep fruit smooth and tasty! (3498 views)
 Tasted by JasonG on 10/24/2011 & rated 94 points: So very clean, cool, pure, and balanced, The essence of WA Syrah, and perfectly made. I particularly like how "cool" tasting this is, with no sense of overripeness or sweetness on the front edge. Very tasty, excellent with wild game. Drank at Purple Kirkland. (3567 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 8/10/2011 & rated 93 points: consistent with prior notes...my last bottle. As an introduction to Gramercy, you could hardly do better. (3545 views)
 Tasted by Anthony Lombardi on 8/9/2011: Nearly black core with purple tinted rim. The nose is a blast of black pepper along with some floral perfumed aromatics. Full bodied with dark fruits and savory components. Blackberry and olive brine which is a strange combo for layers of flavor, but it works beautifully. Strong acidic structure keeps the fruit bright rather than brooding. Tannins are silky soft. Nice length.

As always, Gramercy delivers a wine which is firmly new world in style, but sensible and balanced. No heat or flab, just pure fruit. (3573 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 7/8/2011 & rated 93 points: consistent with prior notes (1923 views)
 Tasted by Joshiemac on 1/20/2011 & rated 91 points: An elegant and refined syrah. Very strong flavor profile with brambly pepper and spice notes. Bright acidity throughout. A little taut at first, this gained some body with air without being too overbearing or jammy. Very well made and a good example of what's possible in WA. I look forward to my next bottle from Gramercy. (2048 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 9/3/2010 & rated 93 points: even better that the night before...really like this wine, expressive and very food oriented....worked very well with the BBQ we were having. Otherwise consistent with prior notes (2321 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 9/2/2010 & rated 92 points: High fruit, high acidity wine...very easy to drink, yet complex in its delivery. Nose of cloves and other spices, tastes of red fruits, plum and dark cherry. Earthy spices balance the juicy acidity. Very nice indeed. (2290 views)
 Tasted by Issaquah Mark on 8/26/2010 & rated 91 points: Beautiful, elegant version... seems like a good amount of Viognier in there (bottle did not indicate). Really impressive. (2362 views)
 Tasted by rjhilgers on 3/24/2010 & rated 89 points: Drinking this one as part of a TasteLive event put on by Hospice du Rhone (disclosure: I received the bottle as a sample from HDR). Really pleasantly surprised by this wine, particularly the acidity in the blend - did not expect that. I'm not pairing it with anything at the moment, but lamb chops or another rich meat would go very nicely with this wine...even a nice grilled burger. (2883 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 3/24/2010 & rated 89 points: Medium-full body in color. Back label says it's a food wine, which turned me off a little to be honest. I drink most of my wine before dinner- should I not like this wine in that case? Fortunately for me, I found the wine to stand up quite nicely both wine food and without. A little fake-grapey on the nose, but not in a bad way. Dried fruit, light tannins and medium acid on the palate. Menthol on the finish. Nice craft-brew looking label makes me think it's cool-person wine. (3115 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, A focus on Washington State, Issue #4 (5/1/2010)
(Gramercy Cellars Syrah "Lagniappe") Login and sign up and see review text.   90-92 points
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147
(Gramercy Cellars Syrah Lagniappe Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (9/8/2010)
(Gramercy Cellars ‘Lagniappe’ Syrah Columbia Valley) An intoxicating, drop dead gorgeous nose with game, floral notes, and orange peel. The palate is breathtaking and intricately layered with an incredible purity of fruit paired with a richly textured mouthfeel. A zing of acidity runs through the wine. 200 cases produced. Syrah co-fermented with viognier. 13.9% alcohol. 200 cases produced.  ***** points
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USA

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Washington

Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Wineries
With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Growers
Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

Regions
As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Varieties
Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Winery Association

 
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