2009 Gramercy Cellars The Third Man
A new wine in the portfolio is the 2009 The Third Man, a wine that Orson Welles would definitely appreciate. It is a blend of 50% Grenache, 28% Syrah, and 22% Mourvedre aged in neutral oak, puncheons and barriques for 15 months. Garrigue, lavender, truffle, black cherry, and blueberry elements compose the bouquet of this elegant, slightly racy, spicy wine. In the glass it opens to reveal succulent flavors, excellent depth, impeccable balance, and a lengthy, pure finish. Give it 1-2 years to fully blossom and drink it from 2012 to 2021.
Gramercy Cellars was started by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington in 2005. As these wines attest, he is not resting on his laurels.
by Jay Miller, Issue #196, August 2011
--The Wine Advocate
Tart and tangy, with a hard edge to the rhubarb and berry flavors. Everything is nicely integrated on the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now. 490 cases made. –HS
Web Only - 2011
(a blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre): Good bright medium red. Liqueur-like red fruits on the nose. Smooth and fleshy but with lively acidity framing the cherry and licorice flavors. More expansive in the middle palate than the tempranillo or cabernet, showing enticing sweetness of fruit and good energy. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and sneaky persistence. 90 points
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Oct 11
--Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
This Priorat-like blend of 50% Grenache, 28% Syrah, and 22% Mourvèdre is pungent and spicy, with a bit of menthol in the nose. Supple and luxurious fruit, a mix of raspberry and black fruits, baking spices, sweet barrel flavors. Powerful and rich, this is a big wine with tobacco and clove highlights and a little heat in the finish.
by Paul Gregutt (9/1/2011) — 94
We agonized over this wine. Not in terms of whether it would or would not be a fantastic wine. But we spent hours debating Mourvedre. The 2009 Mourvedre designated for this blend was spectacular - dead ringer for Bandol. My great friend Tim Gaiser, MS describes Mourvedre as "the best pot roast Mom ever made." Bandol is like burning the pot roast and then eating dinner in a musty basement. Yes, that's a good thing. We really wanted to base a wine club wine on it. (We probably will in 2010, as we have new rockstar source.) However, we felt that by using all of it in the Third Man, the wine went from very good to world class. Mourvedre tames the fruity "grapey-ness" of the Grenache, adding depth, complexity and earthiness. We feel this wine makes a statement about the future of Southern Rhone styled blends in Washington. We have said many times before, Washington will be known for Grenache. It's a superstar here. Maybe its time to outlaw flying saucers in our vineyards...
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