Gorman Winery The Big Sissy Conner Lee  2012 750ml
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Gorman Winery The Big Sissy Conner Lee 2012

Gorman Winery - Washington State - United States - Yakima Valley - Red Mountain

Professional Wine Reviews for Gorman Winery The Big Sissy Conner Lee 2012

Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2012 Chardonnay The Big Sissy offers beautiful typicity with its ripe orchard fruits, spice, brioche, cream and hints of nuttiness all emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, lively and clean, with a classy overall feel, this impressive Chardonnay will drink nicely for 4 to 5 years.
Rated 90 by Wine Spectator
This refreshing style delivers juicy pear and spice flavors on a transparent texture, lingering enticingly on the clove-accented finish. Drink now through 2017. 400 cases made. –HS
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Winery: Gorman Winery

Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Varietal: Chardonnay

There are few white wine grape varietals as famous or widely appreciated as the Chardonnay, and with good reason. This highly flexible and adaptable grape quickly became a favorite of wineries due to its fairly neutral character. This neutrality allows the wineries to really show off what they are capable of doing, by allowing features of their terroir or aging process to come forward in the bottle. As well as this, most high quality wineries which produce Chardonnay wines take great efforts to induce what is known as malolactic fermentation, which is the conversion of tart malic acids in the grapes to creamy, buttery lactic acids associated with fine Chardonnay. Whilst the popularity of Chardonnay wines has fluctuated quite a considerable amount over the past few decades, it seems the grape varietal allows enough experimentation and versatility for it always to make a successful comeback.

Region: Washington State

Since it began in the 1820s, wine-production in Washington state has gone from strength to strength, with many of the finest United States wines coming out over the past twenty years hailing from this region. Today, the state is the second largest US producer of wines, behind California, with over forty thousand acres under vine. The state itself is split into two distinct wine regions, separated by the Cascade Range, which casts an important rain shadow over much of the area. As such, the vast majority of vines are grown and cultivated in the dry, arid desert-like area in the eastern half of the state, with the western half producing less than one percent of the state's wines where it is considerably wetter. Washington state is famed for producing many of the most accessible wines of the country, with Merlot and Chardonnay varietal grapes leading the way, and much experimentation with other varietals characterizing the state's produce in the twenty-first century.

Country: United States

For three hundred years now, the United States has been leading the New World in wine production, both in regards to quantity and quality. Wine is actually produced in all fifty states across the country, with California leading the way by an enormous margin. Indeed, as much as eighty-nine percent of all wines to come out of the United States are produced in California, where the fertile soils and sloping mountain sides, coupled with the long, hot summers provide ideal conditions for producing high quality, European style red, white and rosé wines. With over a million acres of the country under vine, the United States sits comfortably as the fourth largest wine producer in the world, where imported grape varietals from all over the Old World are processed using a successful blend of traditional and contemporary techniques.

Appellation: Yakima Valley

The wine region of Yakima Valley is one of the jewels in the crown of Washington State, a region fast becoming internationally renowned as one of the key New World wine producers of distinction. As with much of Washington State's wine regions, Yakima Valley is characterized by its dryness and relatively temperate climate, a phenomenon caused in part by the rain shadow created by nearby mountain ranges. These climatic conditions make Yakima Valley an ideal location for the cultivation of a wide array of imported grape varietals, including the ever-present Cabernet Sauvignon for which it is most renowned, but also including grape varietals such as Syrah and Riesling, thus creating an interesting and varied array of wines which are quickly grabbing the attention of the international wine community as a result of their quality.