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Gramercy Cellars The Third Man Columbia Valley GSM 2013

From the winemaker:

Similar to the Olsen MTA, but more sauvage and garrigue. Green herb, stone/slate/mineral, more blue/black than red fruit, deep intensity, rich.

Blending the Third Man is always a fantastic experience. In past years, we have made Syrah heavy blends, wines with and without Mourvedre, blends that are almost equal parts of the three varieties, etc. It’s a never ending experiment. This year, we went in with a firm assumption that we wanted to make a wine that could be labeled as Grenache. We believe in Washington Grenache and want to showcase it in the Third Man. As with the 2012, we have again found that elusive red- black fruit balance with this year showing more black fruit than red fruit. While other blends have been Olsen Vineyard dominate, in 2013 we felt Alder Ridge in the Horse Heaven Hills was the best base for this wine, as the warm days provide plenty of ripeness, leading to black fruit flavors. The Syrah, from Olsen Vineyard, brings freshness and acid. Mourvedre aka the best grape in Washington, finishes the wine with smoked meat and adds mid palate intensity. As the years go on, we continue to leave more stems in the blend.

BLEND: 76% Grenache, 19% Syrah, 5% Mourvédre
VINEYARDS: Olsen, Alder Ridge
AGING: 2-7 year old puncheons and 225L barrels. French.
ALCOHOL: 14.7%
PRODUCTION: 521 cases

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Category: 2013, Washington

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