Friday, July 1, 2016

Gramercy releases

2012 Gramercy Cellars The Third Man...$38.99

A terrific blend of 57% Grenache, 38% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre, the 2012 The Third Man spent 18 months in a combination of 225- and 500-liter neutral Frenc oak barrels. It's also the first vintage to incorporate grapes from a newly purchased vineyard, the Forgotten Hills vineyard, which is just north of Les Collines. Savory, spice-filled and complex, with lots of kirsch, blackberry, herbes de Provence, and hints of minerality, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a rocking core of sweet fruit through the middle, and a great finish. The finest vintage for this cuvee to date, give it a year or two in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2022.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Gramercy Cellars L'Idiot du Village Mourvedre...$38.99

The supple, sexy and sweetly fruited 2013 L'Idiot du Village is a Mourvedre dominated release that will surprise you with its charming, already approachable style. Giving up lots of kirsch, mulled berries, spiced meats, herbes de Provence and dried flowers, it has terrific complexity, medium to full-bodied richness, a supple, seamless texture and just tons to love. It's one of those wines where the bottle will be empty before you know it. I don't see any need to delay gratification, but it will certainly evolve nicely for a decade.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

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