Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Washington and Idaho.

In addition to his work at Wine Enthusiast, Sean P. Sullivan is the founder of Washington Wine Report, an on-line publication dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest. The site is a four-time finalist for ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ from the Wine Blog Awards, winning the honor in 2013 and 2014. Sullivan also writes regularly for Seattle Metropolitan, Vineyard & Winery Management, Washington Tasting Room, and Edible Seattle. He currently reviews wines from Washington and Idaho, and resides in Seattle, Washington.

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Gramercy Cellars 2012 John Lewis Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $85

This wine is a blend of top sites Les Collines, SJR and Red Willow. It’s perfumed with notes of green olive, violets, dried herbs, mineral and smoked meat. The palate is tightly wound, sensuous and supple, lithe yet rich with tart fruit and savory flavors backed by tannins that need more time to come into their own—but this wine surely deserves it. It has all of…

 — S.S.  (7/1/2015)
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Gramercy Cellars 2012 Lagniappe Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

  1. $55

Blended from Red Willow, Marcoux and Oldfield vineyards, this 100% Syrah offers aromas of green olives, brown stems, dried herbs and raspberries. The palate has densely rich yet exceptionally well balanced fruit and savory flavors that are creamy in feel. It’s flat-out stunning, winning on grace and elegance rather than sheer power alone.

 — S.S.  (7/1/2015)
94
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Gramercy Cellars 2012 Syrah (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $40

This wine is a blend of four distinctive sites—Minick and Olsen in the Yakima Valley, and SJR and Stoney Vine in the Walla Walla Valley. It pulls together the best of all of them, with brooding notes of mineral, wet stone, earthy funk, coffee, smoked meat and black and green olive. The palate steals the show, with hypnotic savory flavors that coalesce around a…

 — S.S.  (7/1/2015)
94
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Woodward Canyon 2012 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $99

A blend of Champoux (62%), Sagemoor (26%) and Woodward Canyon (12%) estate vineyards, this wine is aromatically brooding at present, with notes of coffee, toffee and vanilla bean alongside high-toned cherries, dried herbs and flowers. The palate is supremely rich, dense and layered, with milk chocolate, coffee and cherry flavors. Tannins are expertly managed and…

 — S.S.  (7/1/2015)
93
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Gramercy Cellars 2012 Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $32

This offers reserved notes of cherry and raspberry compote, cranberry, earth and assorted dried herbs. With the oak pleasantly dialed back, the focus remains on the fruit. The palate displays exquisite purity, elegance and detail, with a light grip of tannins pulling it all together. It’s drinking beautifully now, but you could open it up in 2025 or 2030 and it…

 — S.S.  (7/1/2015)
93
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Cloudlift Cellars 2012 Stratus Petit Verdot (Yakima Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $32

Hailing from Elephant Mountain Vineyard, this new offering—blended with 15% Merlot—brings aromas of fresh and dried herbs, pencil lead, mocha, potting soil and flowers. It’s rich and flavorful with coffee and cherry notes backed by exceptionally integrated tannins, all leading to a lingering finish.

 — S.S.  (7/1/2015)
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Gramercy Cellars 2012 The Deuce Syrah (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $52

Fermented with 80% whole clusters and aged 18 months in neutral French oak, this outright delicious wine offers aromas of black and green olive, mineral, moist earth and dried herbs. It’s seamless in feel, delivering lithe, pillowy soft fruit, savory flavors and a hyperextended finish. It’s a testament to the strength of Syrah from this region.

 — S.S.  (7/1/2015)
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Gramercy Cellars 2012 L’Idiot du Village Mourvèdre (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $42

This is an outrageously appealing wine with aromas of smoke, dried herbs and abundant peppery spices. It’s sensuous and layered in feel, with generous dark fruit and black pepper flavors. It shows a profound sense of elegance, purity and detail with a finish that seems unending—a complete knee buckler.

 — S.S.  (7/1/2015)
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