This wine shows massive smoke, pepper, and the entire charcuterie catalog of Salumi in Seattle, black olive, licorice flavors and elegant black fruits. It balances acidity with intense richness and a touch of vanilla spice. In our opinion, this wine rivals the 2007 John Lewis Syrah. There, we said it.
"A great interplay between fruit and spice, this syrah’s scents range from leather and black pepper to anise, ginger and nutmeg. The black fig and plum flavors are dark and concentrated, the finish lasting on savory spice—cinnamon, mint and plum skin. Like other Gramercy wines tasted for this issue, this feels youthful, needing time in the cellar to fill out."
Wine & Spirits
"The 2008 Syrah Walla Walla Valley received the same elevage as the Lagniappe cuvee. However it offers more both aromatically and in the mouth. Scents of bacon, game, incense, spice box, blueberry, and plum leads to a layered, already complex Syrah. It displays both elegance and power along with a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2023."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright full ruby. Knockout northern Rhone aromas of blackberry, licorice and smoked meat; I would have put this somewhere between Cornas and Hermitage. Juicy, reticent and complex, with youthfully closed flavors of dark berries and spices. This was vinified with 80% whole clusters, saw no new oak, and was only racked for the bottling, which took place a week before my July visit to Washington. On the finish, this is more juicy Cornas than dense, powerful Hermitage."
International Wine Cellar