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2007 Gramercy Cellars Syrah John Lewis Reserve Walla Walla Valley
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($65; vinified with 100% of its stems) Bright medium ruby. Very sexy, balsamic, varietally expressive nose offers blackberry, smoked meat, fresh herbs, white pepper and woodsmoke, plus a whiff of eucalyptus oil. Dense and supple in the mouth, conveying volume without weight. Intriguing notes of crushed pepper, chocolate, garrigue and ripe tomato. The wine's tannins spread out nicely to coat the palate. Tactile, savory and peppery on the back end, very much in the style of a northern Rhone wine-and a serious one at that. This should be given a lot of air, or a few years in the cellar.

96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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