Category Archives: Syrah

2008 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla

So much hype if you had never tried these wines you might be intimidated. Purple ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, cherry, strawberry, meat, cracked pepper, herbs, very layered, with moderate oak, and some earth and funk. On the palate, dry, meaty, herby, very balanced with red fruit, lots of spice, and a seamless old world rustic charm to this wine that left me wanting more. I would have called this North Rhone if I had it blind.

2003 McCrea Cellars Cuvée Orleans

This is the flagship wine of one of the pioneers of Rhone Varietals in WA State. Without this wines commercial and critical success, the Syrah movement in WA just would not have happened. 85% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, 3% Viognier, is the blend, I have heard that the goal is to make something like Cht. Beaucastel.…Continue Reading

2006 McCrea Cellars Syrah Washington State

We were told by a representative from the winery that this could be labeled Yakima Valley but they didn’t care to. On the nose, youthful, black fruit, blackberry, mulberry, black pepper, bacon, some barnyard, licorice, moderate oak, and a nice spice component. On the palate, dry, velvety, creamy texture, with bright fruit, med tannin, and…Continue Reading

2004 Montes Folly Chile

This has been one of my favorite Syrah’s for the past few years. Named Folly because everyone thought it was crazy to plant an untested varietal in the steep hillside slopes of the Apalta Valley of Chile. Turns out this wine is a great expression of New meets old World. Dark garnet color of medium…Continue Reading