Run, don't walk -- three new McCrea wines... - Printable Version

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- Bucko - 08-30-2007 10:30 PM

I put very few New World wines in my cellar. You can bet a few of these puppies are going to break the mold.

2004 McCrea, Sirocco, Washington State, $30, 481 cases. This is their third vintage of Sirocco, a Southern Rhone blend. Raspberries grab you upfront, followed by dark berries and a touch of earth. Tannins and acids are in perfect balance; 90/90.

2006 McCrea, Sirocco Blanc, Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley, Washington, $NA. What a delightful surprise! This blend of Southern Rhone varieties (grenache blanc, marsanne, picpoul, roussanne) is fruity and harmonious. The acidity is brighter than the French versions and much more to my liking; 91/NA.

2005 McCrea, Mourvèdre, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain, Washington, $30, 298 cases. This inky-colored mourvèdre has eight percent syrah added to the blend. Earthy and meaty, the wine has a host of blacks fruits and just a touch of pepper spice and licorice. Moderate tannins can use a couple of years in bottle. Delightful; 90/90.

- dananne - 08-30-2007 11:33 PM

Great fruit coming from Boushey and Ciel. In fact, I can't recall having a dud from either.

Any idea where the fruit for the Sirocco comes from? To my knowledge, there isn't a whole lot of Grenache or Mourvedre in Washington -- as of last year, less than 100 acres under vine of each. That having been said, some folks are doing some cool So. Rhone blends in WA -- Willow Crest's XIII comes to mind right away.

Thanks for the notes on these.

- Bucko - 08-31-2007 12:51 AM

The fruit comes from four different vineyards:

Sheridan, Yakima Valley
Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain
Destiny Ridge, Columbia Valley
Elerding Vineyard, Yakima Valley

Dick Boushey is one of the finest persons in the WA wine industry and his grapes are the best in the state IMHO.