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McCrea Cellars New and Current Releases

Thursday, June 19, 2008

No one else in Washington is making the types of wines that winemaker Douglas McCrea is. McCrea has a dazzling lineup of Syrah and Rhone varietals and blends. What other winery in Washington can you think of that makes a Mourvedre, a Counoise, and five different Syrahs?

Always well-made, McCrea’s wines are not to be missed. Of the latest releases, the 2006 Non Sequitor is a steal at $20. In addition to their new and recent releases, we also had the opportunity to taste their 1998 Viognier and 1995 Chardonnay.


Wines:

Score

Name

Notes

$

*

McCrea Roussanne Ciel du Cheval 2006

Yeast and light toast on the nose. A touch of lemon on the taste. A long finish without being overpowering. A creamy mouth feel.

$22

+

McCrea Grenache Blanc Boushey Vineyard 2007

Lemon zest and a touch of white grapefruit on the nose and taste. Young still but a good, refreshing wine with a tangy, up front taste.

NA

*

McCrea Sirroco Blanc 2006

Creamy mouth feel with an excellent touch of lemon on the finish. Yeast and lemon on the nose.

$25

+

McCrea Vin Rose NV

Mineral and light toasted oak notes on the nose. Quite red in color. Uncomplicated taste but very pleasing. A crisp finish with tart cherries. Overall a good summer rose. Recommended.

$18

*

McCrea Viognier 1998

Golden in color. Light lemon, yeast, and toasted oak notes. An almost champagne-like aroma. A fascinating wine with a complex profile. A full-bodied wine, creamy in texture.

NA

+

McCrea Chardonnay 1995

Mineral, spice, and light smoke on the nose. Light yellow in color. Up front on the palate and then drops off to a long finish.

NA

*

McCrea Non Sequitor 2006

Tons of spice and dark spicy fruit. A gigantic, full-bodied wine. Overwhelmingly outsized for the price. Coats the tongue and has a long, long finish with raspberries, mineral, and a pleasing tartness. A steal for this price.

$20

*

McCrea Counoisse 2006

Fairly light in color, this wine delivers with touches of wheat, light red fruit, and the smell of wood after the campfire has gone out. A medium-bodied wine with bracing acidity and a tartness on the mid-palate. A very well made wine.

$28

*

McCrea Syrah WA State 2006

A rich, full-bodied wine that is loaded with spice and smoke wound with traces of anise. Hasn’t fully grown up but is showing quite well.

$25

+

McCrea Mourvedre 2006

Mineral, spice, chalk, and a slight stemminess on the nose. Red fruit marks an interesting, smooth taste that seems a bit disconnected from the nose.

$28

*

McCrea Syrah Boushey Vineyard 2004

A smoky, full-bodied wine with a big mid-palate and finish. Opens up and expresses itself with raspberry and spice.

$44

**

McCrea Syrah Cuvee Orleans 2004

Raspberry, spice, and stone aromas surrounded by very light anise. A superb wine that is rich and lingers. 97% Syrah; 3% Viognier.

$50

*

McCrea Syrah Amerique 2005

Mineral, violets, and raspberry aromas on a nose that is a bit lighter than I remembered. A dynamite mid-palate and finish. 77% Syrah; 23% Mourvedre.

$40

**

McCrea Syrah Ciel du Cheval 2004

Plum, spice, anise, and raspberry aromas with touches of black pepper. A meaty body that lightens up to a long finish. 100% Syrah.

$44

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