Chris Gorman’s Bordeaux blends and Syrah are close to achieving cult wine status in Washington. The 2006 vintages – officially released September 1st – will no doubt please fans of this Woodinville winery. The two new Bordeaux blends – the Merlot-based Zachary’s Ladder and the Cabernet-based The Bully – are reviewed below. While I did not find either wine to be a life changer, they are both very well made and give a lot to think about and discuss. These wines tend to fly off the shelves quickly so make haste if you find yourself waiting for their release each fall.
|Gorman Winery Zachary’s Ladder Columbia Valley 2006||Lots of anise, spice, dark fruit, and chocolate on the nose. The nose also has a fair amount of alcohol to it. A nice full feel on the palate with soft tannins and a long finish. Overall a very good wine, but the alcohol gets in the way a bit. 65% Merlot; 25% Cabernet; 10% Petit Verdot. 15% alcohol. 450 cases produced.||$28|
|Gorman Winery The Bully Red Mountain 2006||Blackberry and other dark fruit mix with black licorice, chocolate, and spice on the nose. A more subtle and restrained wine than Zachary’s Ladder. This wine is smoother and, ultimately, much bigger. An extended finish. 80% Cabernet; 10% Merlot; 10%; Petit Verdot. 15% alcohol. 400 cases produced.||$42|