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.

Score Name Notes $
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.

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