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2004 McCrea Cellars Syrah Cuvee Orleans Yakima Valley
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89(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

(a barrel selection that McCrea describes as the pick of the litter) Bright red-ruby. Superripe aromas of grenache-like candied black cherry complicated by grass and fresh herbs. Fat and sweet but less obvious than the Boushey syrah, with a bit more structure to go with its full ripeness. This is quite different in shape and finishes with very good subtle length. I'd put this one in the cellar for a couple years before pulling the cork.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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