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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Gramercy Cellars Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Gramercy Cellars Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 108151)
boutique wine


PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $23.99

Winemaker's Notes:

At Gramercy, we work with more Cabernet and Bordeaux varietal vineyard blocks than anything else. For one reason, we like the diversity of flavors across the various Washington regions. We want a bit of Horse Heaven Hills, a smidge of Yakima and a big dose of Walla Walla. We also have some younger Bordeaux varietal plantings on our estate vineyards on JB George Rd and at Octave Vineyard. When we make our traditional Cabernet blend each year, we ruthlessly select the barrels that will make the best blend possible. Sadly, that leaves a lot of terrific Cabernet and Merlot that just don't fit into our traditional bottling. So finally, we were able to craft another fantastic Cabernet to complement our lineup - Lower East Cabernet.

Why Lower East? Because Walla Walla is located in the Lower East corner of Washington and because Greg and Pam spent so much time at a favorite restaurant on the Lower East Side in NYC. We are really proud of this Cabernet - actually, we are kind of scared of it as well. We may have done such a good job with this that it will rival its big brother, our traditional Cabernet.

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About Gramercy Cellars:

Founded in 2005, Gramercy Cellars is the realization of Greg and Pam Harrington's dream to make fine wine in a special place.

Prior to founding Gramercy Cellars, Greg spent what seemed like a lifetime as a sommelier and wine program director for top chefs such as Joyce Goldstein, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. Since becoming the youngest American to pass the Master Sommelier Exam at the age of 26, Greg has been passionate about someday making his own wine. His Washington odyssey began in the Spring of 2004, at a backyard picnic in Brooklyn, hosted by the Walla Walla Wine Alliance. There, Greg and Pam tasted wines that surprised them. They were very different from what they had come to expect from American wines. These were wines that displayed earthy characteristics and balance. A marathon tasting trip in Walla Walla later that spring (and Pam's discovery of the term "palate fatigue") convinced them that Walla Walla was in their future. First, this meant "when they retire." That quickly became "5 years from now." Meanwhile, Greg worked harvest in 2004 in Walla Walla and was more convinced than ever that Walla Walla was the place in the United States to make the wines he loves. Soon thereafter, Pam gave him the green light to leave his restaurant industry job to seize the opportunity to finally follow his dreams full time, resulting in Gramercy's first harvest in 2005. In 2006, Greg and Pam moved to Washington to establish and build the legacy of great Washington wine at Gramercy Cellars.