Gorman 'The Devil You Don't Know' Red 2011 (93pts)
This beautifully supple Washington red will absolutely wow you with its many layers of flavor. Pour a delicious first glass of this Gorman The Devil You Don't Know and sip it with a selection of grilled, garlicky lamb sausage, roasted balsamic plum tomatoes and a nutty Petit Basque cheese. Heaven. You might not need anything else. If you summon the motivation to move to an entree, a classic favorite of ours is filet of beef crusted with panko crumbs and horseradish. Serve it with creamy mashed potatoes and marvel at how well the gentle bite of the horseradish marries with the spicy side of this Gorman red. The Syrah in this luscious red allows it to pair perfectly with game birds, so we say roast some quail and make sure everyone has a spoonful of tart/sweet cherry chutney on the side. Wild duck will achieve the same goal with that chutney. This Devil You Don't Know will also be perfect with your favorite steak, grilled, or a couple of baby lamb chops. Wild mushrooms and rice on the side for either of these choices will access the earthy side of this Washington blend. Open one more bottle and put out a platter of room temperature Swiss Vacherin Fribourgeois cheese. It's hearty and potent, with grassy, nutty flavor which will showcase the best of this Gorman's smoky side. You're going to love spending time getting to know this Devil...
Wine Spectator: "A supple, expressive wine, featuring ripe fruit aromatics that veer toward savory, smoky flavors, touching on grilled vegetable notes before returning to the dark berry and spice at the core. Focused finish. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2020. 525 cases made." Oct 2013 (Advance)
Trade Notes: "The Devil You Don’t Know is a blend of 80% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Petite Sirah. Sticking my nose in the glass I get a bursting of smoked paprika and a drizzle of Chambord liqueur with black cherries and liquorice. It’s smooth on the palate and continuously evolves as it breaths and opens up. With Halloween this month, it’s a perfect time to round up some scary good wines like this devil."
on Chris Gorman, owner and winemaker: "With 20 years in the wine industry, ten of those in wine production, and experience around the world rubbing shoulders with the finest wine professionals, Chris is well-equipped to have the keys to super-premium Washington winery, Gorman Winery. For almost ten years, he has been the only employee, focusing closely on high quality fruit and oak in small production and wearing many hats on the sales, marketing and events side of the business. Wine Spectator named him one of ten rising stars in American winemaking in 2008."
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