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2011 Gramercy Cellars L'idiot du Village

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

91The Wine Advocate

...gives up searing white pepper, leather, underbrush and assorted red and black fruits on both the nose and palate. Showing more smoked herbs and meatiness with air, this medium-bodied, focused and pure effort has solid mid-palate...

91Vinous / IWC

Aromas of red cherry, peppery herbs and tree bark... Boasts good chewy density with undue weight, with redcurrant and raspberry flavors complicated by leather, minerals and smoked meat.

90Wine Spectator

Velvety, round and focused, this savory style offers black olive accents to its blackberry and coffee flavors, lingering against refined tannins.

REGION

United States, Washington, Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley AVA is larger than some states. At 18,000 square miles, or 11 million acres, the appellation covers almost half of Washington State and a small part of Oregon on the south side of the Columbia River. Established in 1984, Columbia Valley contains numerous sub appellations within its boundaries, including Yakima Valley AVA and Walla Walla AVA, both large and important wine districts. Columbia Valley AVA, generally called the Columbia Basin by Pacific Northwesterners, is in the Columbia River Plateau, and the AVA also includes a section of northeastern Oregon. There are dozens of microclimates within this appellation of about 7,000 vineyard acres. Many kinds of grapes are grown in the Columbia Valley, though the principal grapes planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Eastern Washington experiences very hot summers and cold winters, and the northern latitude means that Washington vineyards receive several more hours of sun in the summer than California vineyards. Grapes in Washington therefore have time to develop significant tannins and overall ripeness.