McCrea Cellars (Washington State)
The McCrea Cellars winery is located around an hour’s drive from downtown Seattle on the western, seaboard side of the Cascade Mountains. As at a number of other warehouse operations, production remains small and bespoke. All the wines, both white and red, are Rhône styles. There are a number of vineyard sources including Boushey Vineyards, Elephant Mountain and the Sugarloaf Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, as well as Ciel du Cheval in the Red Mountain AVA. Syrah is the key red here although Mourvèdre and Counoise are produced as well as a lighter Rhône blend, Sirocco. The ripe, stylish, peachy Viognier has a little Roussanne blended in, no doubt giving a floral, slightly structured edge. The Viognier component is fermented in stainless steel, the Roussanne in older oak. Of the Syrahs the Cuvée Orleans echoes Côte-Rôtie with a small proportion of Viognier blended in. The Boushey Vineyard is ripe and a touch fuller with dark, spicy fruit and a hint of oak, while the Ciel du Cheval is perhaps the most opulent and rounded of the trio. Look out for also for bottlings including the red blend Sirocco, Counoise from Red Mountain, Mourvèdre from Ciel du Cheval as well as a late harvest Roussanne. All the reds get a cold soak prior to fermentation and are bottled without fining or filtration. (DM)
❁ McCrea Cellars (Washington State) www.mccreacellars.com
McCrea & Neel families 13443 118th Ave. SE, Rainier, WA 98576
Tel: 360 458-9463 Fax: 360 458-8559
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Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 winesMerlot, the two Cabernets, Carmenère and Syrah. (DM)