Two decades ago, McCrea was the pioneer in making Rhône varietal wines in Washington. Now there are many others but McCrea still ranks with the best. This small production winery constantly produces great wine year after year. Join us this Saturday and taste some of our current favorites.
2009 Sirocco Blanc $25
43% Grenache Blanc, 41% Marsanne, 10% Picpoul and 7% Rousanne.
Boushey Lower County Line Vineyard.
From grapes planted especially for McCrea by Dick Boushey, this white Rhone blend is a great mix of spicy, dry fruit flavors.
2009 Marsanne $25
Boushey Lower County Line Vineyard
Fermented in neutral oak barrels to give texture but no oak flavor, the Marsanne shows melon overtones, full-bodied structure and heavy minerality.
2008 Counoise $29
80% Counoise, 20% Syrah
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
A great wine by McCrea from a very obscure Rhône grape, the Counoise has been described as “like being beat on the back of the head with a silk stocking filled with raspberries.” That is a good thing.
2008 Syrah $25
Boushey, Ciel du Cheval and Elephant Mountain and Sugarloaf vineyards
This Yakima Valley blend is a fresh and well balanced Syrah with lots of black cherry, spice, and sage notes and a little earthy mushroom.
2007 Cuvée Orleans Syrah $40
94% Syrah, 6% Viognier
Boushey, Ciel du Cheval and Elephant Mountain vineyards
McCrea’s flagship wine, the Orleans is from some of the oldest and best Syrah vineyards in the state. It is an opulent wine with floral aromatics, intense fruit and integrated silky tannins.