The Spring 2019 MTA Release marks a change for Gramercy. When Pam and I started the winery, let’s say we were less than naive about the intricacies of making wine. We understood the basics of winemaking, but growing vines – no. So we began with a blending model and with the help of some of the world’s best vineyard managers, fashioned wines from multiple vineyards. As time went on, we started to identify vineyards that both fit our profile and singularly exceeded our expectations. We started basing some wines, particularly Syrah, on these sites.
In 2016, we decided it was time to place our bets on a few specific vineyards. This release shows the first of these wines – 2016 Les Collines Syrah, formally “The Deuce.” (Yeah, I admit, the name kind of sucked.) The Les Collines Vineyard started us on our Walla Walla journey, having first tasted wine from it in 2004. It’s a fitting tribute that it’s the first of the 2016 single vineyard Syrahs released. According to Jeb Dunnuck, its a “Côte Rôtie look-alike.”
Additionally, we feature another single vineyard MTA Syrah – 2016 Holy Roller Vineyard from the rocks. Those familiar with our Rock Steady bottling will adore this wine. While not single vineyard, the second MTA bottling, 2016 Gramercy Estate features for the first time our two Walla Walla Bordeaux variety vineyards as a single bottling.
Next in the release is the incredible 2015 Columbia Valley Syrah. I’ll let our friends at Sommselect describe this wine: “If you drink great wines from places like Saint-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie, and Cornas, Gramercy’s 2014 will have you waving your American wine flag enthusiastically. I’d go as far as to call this one of the best American-made Syrahs on the market right now.” They are describing the 2014 vintage. Yes, the 2015 is way better – promise.
Lastly, we have the 2016 Third Man Grenache. What more can we say about Olsen Vineyard? How much more can we praise the vineyard without having them raise the price on our acreage? I believe we have featured more MTA bottlings based on Olsen fruit than any other source. I mean, have you tasted the 2015 Olsen MTA wine!? Olsen Vineyard makes me happy.
To see the release and to order additional bottles, please click below. As always, thank you so much for your support of Gramercy Cellars. We promise never to stop trying to make each wine a bit better every year.
Greg, Pam, Brandon, Robbi, Nichole