The fabulous wines we featured:
2006 Sirocco (red blend)
- The final blend was 41% Mourvedre, 36% Grenache, 13% Syrah, 5% Counoise and 5% Cinsault.
- McCrea Cellars doesn.t enter its wines in competitions.
- Only 439 cases made
Tasting Notes: Aroma: Violets, raspberries, black currants. On the Palate: Styled after the Grenache-based blends of the Southern Rhone, this medium-bodied wine has great fruit character, bright acidity and soft tannins.
2010 Boushey Vineyard Grenache Blanc
- The final blend was 86% Grenache Blanc and 14% Marsanne.
- Just 168 cases made
Tasting Notes: Aroma: Green apple and pineapple are most evident. On the Palate: Lean, crisp and bright, with layers of fruit, minerals, green apple and pineapple flavors.
In 1988, Doug MCrea and business partner and Susan Neel started with 500 pounds of Chardonnay and home winemaking equipment. They were the first winery to produce Syrah in Washington. McCrea is virtually on the same latitude as the Rhône Valley, giving them the same amount of daylight and shifts in day to nighttime temperatures. That is terrific for the acidity in their wines.