2011 Gramercy Cellars
Walla Walla Valley Syrah
While we approached 95% Les Collines fruit in the 2010 Walla Walla Syrah, the 2011 we finally hit 100%. What more can we say about Les Collines? It’s truly a world-class vineyard for Syrah, unique in Washington. It doesn’t have the smoked meat of the Rocks or the firmness of Yakima sites (e.g. Red Willow), but Les Collines is powerful without being cloying. It emphasizes aromatics and behaves like a Burgundian Grand Cru vineyard, with the mid-slope being the best part. Most excitingly, Les Collines agreed to graft 5 acres of Cabernet to Syrah specifically for us. We will start harvesting it next year. The best part? It’s adjacent to blocks 46 and 50, our best blocks.
In terms of winemaking, 2011 wasn’t much of a departure from previous vintages: stems, puncheons, neutral oak. The wines pretty much makes itself. This cuvée is a selection from different parts of the hill, each piece giving different characteristics. What was different was the harvest date – October 18-20. Usually we pick this vineyard around the third week of September. And sometimes, with the unpredictable Walla Walla weather, harvest ends by October 10th with a freeze.
|VINEYARDS:||Les Collines (Walla Walla)|
|AGING:||100% French Oak Barrels, 18% New Oak (18 months)|