Gorman Winery Tasting Room Review
Address: 14505 148th Ave NE Woodinville,Washington 98072.
Phone Number: 206-351-0719
Tasting Hours: Mon-Thurs 3:00-7:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-7:00, Sun 12:00-5:00
Region: Puget Sound AVA, Woodinville, Woodinville Tourist District, Washington
Reviewer: Jade Helm
Review Date: 5/25/2014
Reviewer: Jade Helm
Three walls, a pinball machine, pizza delivery, and a guitar collection that could only be described as b*tchin… This is Gorman Winerys Tasting Room in Woodinville Washington. Set on the main drag through the tourist area, this is an inviting spot to taste and hang out for a bit. The fourth wall is made of roll up garage doors creating an open air space including a calming water feature. The breezes blow in on pleasant days, and a fireplace can extend the season a bit. There is limited indoor seating but Gorman, Patterson Cellars next door, and Station Pizzeria share a fair number of outdoor tables and chairs. You can even have your pizza delivered two doors down to enjoy with some Gorman wine.
Chris Gorman, owner and winemaker, had stopped by the tasting room the day we were there. We do not think he planned to be there long, but after giving us a generous amount of his attention, he was still talking with guests when we left. It reminded us of the chef/owners at family restaurants who visit the tables even as the kitchen demands attention.
The tasting was extensive with two Chardonnays, a rose, and several combinations of Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Syrah, mostly from the Red Mountain AVA. Gorman makes a Chardonnay, Big Sissy, with a blend of grapes from several vineyards in addition to single vineyard Chardonnay. We tasted Ashan from Conner Lee Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope AVA. After ten months in new French oak, this will appeal to drinkers who favor oak flavors over fruit.
Chris is super excited to tell about the name of his rose – 42 39 58. These are Rosies measurements from AC/DC’s Whole Lot of Rosie. Only there isnt a whole lot of 42 39 58. With only 300 cases produced, Chris predicts it will be sold out by the time the sun comes out [in Washington].
Other wine names are related to the varietals – Bully for Cabernet Sauvignon, Pixie for Syrah, and Evil Twin for the Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend. Zacharys Ladder (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot) is named for Chriss son Zachary. His orange painted ladder leans behind the bar. Chris plans subtle clues for guests to discover. Rosie is pictured on the side of the AC/DC pinball machine.
While the names reflect the varietals reputations, the wines are very representative, new world renditions of varietal flavors. Bully is a Red Mountain bruiser that screams cassis. Pixie, grown on gravel soil reminiscent of the classic growing regions of the Rhone, is fruit forward with purple and black fruit flavors. We especially enjoyed Evil Twin, a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon that tasted of purple flowers, blackberries and vanilla. All of the Gorman wines had an approachable tannin structure. Copious amounts of sun and wind in the Red Mountain AVA result in thick-skinned grapes. Chris expertly handles tannins to create wines that can be enjoyed in their youth. Chriss mission is To make delicious wines. Choose the finest grapes in Washington state, use the finest coopers and suppliers, dont settle, and dont screw it up. We would say mission accomplished.
For those who like big, fruity new world reds with noticeable yet integrated tannins, Gorman Winery is a good place to stop. Those in search of some variety will also enjoy whites and rose, and even a dessert wine called Cry Baby.