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2004 McCrea Cellars Syrah Amerique Yakima Valley
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2006

($45; aged in one- and two-year-old American oak barrels) Medium ruby-red. Deep black fruit, smoke and mocha aromas show an exotic, decadent floral quality. Sweet and nicely concentrated, with ripe acidity giving shape to the velvety dark berry flavor. Finishes firm and fairly dry, with a nutty oak character and very good length. Well-structured wine with a positive high-toned quality that projects the fruit.

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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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