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Zachary’s Ladder 2014

92 Points – Wine Spectator
#68 – Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2017

Rich yet densely structured, with expressive black cherry and blueberry fruit, accented by smoky licorice and finishing with big but refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Best from 2019 through 2025.

-Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

The Evil Twin 2013

92 Points – Wine Advocate

“An interesting blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon that was barrel fermented and aged in new French oak, the 2013 The Evil Twin offers loads of Syrah pepper and meatiness to go with hints of graphite, dark fruits and licorice. Big, full-bodied, sexy and heady, with silky tannin, it’s a blockbuster to drink over the coming decade.”

– The Wine Advocate

The Bully 2013

93 Points – Wine Advocate
92 Points – Wine Spectator
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast

The Bully (there’s 4% Petit Verdot in the blend) comes from various parcels on Red Mountain and spent 22 months in 70% new French oak. Giving up lots of creamy licorice, graphite, cassis and black raspberry characteristics, this downright sexy, hedonistic beauty expands on the palate with full-bodied richness, no hard edges, sweet tannin and a great finish. Like all of Chris’ wines, it’s not for those craving delicacy or lightweight flavors and aromas, but it’s a fabulous effort to drink over the coming 10-15 years.”

– The Wine Advocate

The Pixie 2013

92  Points – Wine Enthusiast
91 Points – Wine Spectator
91+ Points – Wine Advocate

“The aromas are brooding, with notes of barrel spice, black licorice and jammy dark fruit. The cranberry and cherry flavors are palate coating and dense—a hedonistic delight.”

-Sean Sullivan, The Wine Enthusiast

The Big Sissy 2015

92 Points – Wine Advocate
“A big, ripe, sexy effort from Gorman, the 2015 Chardonnay Big Sissy checks in as 100% Chardonnay that was barrel-fermented and aged in 25% new French oak. It gives up lots of buttered stone fruits, sautéed peach and spice in a full-bodied, layered yet still pure and balanced style. Count me a fan. 550 cases produced.”
– Wine Advocate

Old Scratch 2014

93 points – Wine Spectator
“Broad and spicy, with a minerally accent to the black cherry and plum flavors, blanketed with fine tannins. The flavors emerge on the finish and persist. Best from 2018 through 2024.”
650 cases made.
– Harvey Steiman, The Wine Spectator

The Evil Twin 2012

93 Points – Wine Spectator

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast

92 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

92 Points – Wine & Spirits

#2 Top Red Blends -Seattle Met 2015

Three-quarters syrah and one-quarter cabernet sauvignon, with all of the electricity winemaker Chris Gorman is known for, this red is packed with dark cherry, earth, and smoked meat aromas and flavors that show concentration and depth.

-Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast

The Albatross 2012

94 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

92 Points – Wine & Spirits

“Year’s Best Cabernets” – Wine & Spirits

The Bully 2012

93 Points – Wine & Spirits

92 Points – Wine Enthuisast

92 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Year’s Best Cabernets” – Wine & Spirits

Old Scratch 2013

92 Points & Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast

The Devil You Know 2013

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast

The Big Sissy 2014

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast

The Pixie 2012

94 Points – Wine Enthusiast

A blend of Klipsun and Ciel du Cheval vineyards aged in 50% new French oak, this wine brings brooding notes of blackberry bramble, blueberry, mineral, herbs and potpourri. The palate-coating blue-fruit flavors are exceptionally dense, rich and sweet and lead to a hyper-extended finish.” 

– Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast

 93 Points – Wine Spectator
Plush and expressive, delivering a powerful blast of cherry and ripe raspberry notes against powdery tannins, finishing with a hint of cinnamon as the flavors well up. Best from 2017 through 2022. 396 cases made.”  
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator
93 Points – Wine & Spirits
92 Points – Wine Advocate
The 2012 Syrah The Pixie is another terrific wine from this estate. Smoked meats, cracked pepper, ground herbs, chocolate and assorted black fruits all flow nicely to a full-bodied, blockbuster palate. While this lacks some elegance, it makes up for it in sheer texture and richness, while never coming across as heavy. Enjoy this bombastic beauty over the coming 4-5 years.
– Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
#3 Top Syrahs of 2015 – Seattle Met
With fruit sourced from top sites Klipsun and Ciel du Cheval, this blend produces reserved aromas of mineral and black and blue fruit that lead to flavors of dense, sweet fruit along with a finish that seems near endless.
-Sean Sullivan, Seattle Met

The Sleeping Giant 2012

94 Points – Wine Advocate

[The Sleeping Giant] possesses classic Boushey Vineyard sappy flowers, violets and crushed rock notes to go with decadent black and blue fruits. Tasting like a classic Boushey Syrah on steroids, this full-bodied, fresh, layered and pure Syrah will benefit from a year or two in the cellar.

-Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

91 Points – Wine Spectator 

The F.O.G. 2012

Malbec Reserve

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast

Light purple in color, this aromatically appealing, fruit-forward wine has notes of dark plum, dried herbs and peppery spices along with a mocha top note. It’s plump and velvety in feel, with concentrated yet lithe fruit flavors that linger effortlessly on the long, fruit-filled finish that kicks it up a notch.

-Sean Sulivan, Wine Enthusiast