Gorman Winery 2011 "The Devil You Don't Know" Red Wine

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Gorman Winery 2011 "The Devil You Don't Know" Red Wine

Fellow wine lovers, at Impulse Wine, we do our best to avoid any kind of "Deal With the Devil" situations. Still, when you find a wine this good, at this price, the temptations is just too great. Especially when it receives a 93 point score from the Wine Spectator, which means it won't be around for much longer. Odds are you know and love the wines of Gorman Winery and are familiar with their rock and roll themed names like Bully, Evil Twin, and Big Sissy. Now Chris Gorman has a brand new wine which you may not yet know, The Devil You Don't Know.

Gorman Winery 2011 "Devil You Don't Know" $26.99 (Regularly $28)

Gorman's been making cult status wines for a decade, and like any great artist, he likes to see just how far he can push the envelope. Regarded as the mad chemist among his friends, Chris is always experimenting with new things and has decided to try two things that he almost never does, hence the name of the wine. First he decided to play with American Oak, instead of 100% French which has always been the standard for Gorman Winery. Second, he explored some new vineyard sources in the greater Columbia Valley, instead of focusing on fruit from Red Mountain as he's traditionally done.

American Oak has it's strengths and weaknesses. Its virtue is that it costs about half what a French Oak barrel might, so wines aged in American tend to be more affordable. On the other hand, it's generally thought to impart its characteristics to the wine in a more overt fashion, often lending to a wine that is less elegant and more clunky. That turns out not to be the case here; Gorman did a lot of research and tasted a lot of wines made with different types of American Oak to ensure he selects the right ones. The result is a well rounded, complex, wine that I found really enjoyable, and at a price that's near half some of his top wines.

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 next month, it's a perfect time to round up some scary good wines like this devil.

  • Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
  • Pair With: Spanish Chorizo, grilled meats
  • Drinkability: Now - 2020 Drinking great right now for a young wine, it can definitely benefit from decanting
  • Grapes: 80% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre & 5% Petite Sirah
  • Accolades: 93 points from Wine Spectator
  • Oak: Aged for 21 Months in new American Oak
  • Production: 525 cases made