| 2004 McCrea Cellars Syrah Amerique Yakima Valley 750 ml 12 Pack|
Columbia Valley, Washington, USA
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.
Doug McCrea was a Washington State pioneer of Rhône varieties -- not just Syrah but also Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise -- and his wines are still among the state's elite examples. His Amerique bottling, aged in American oak, is his version of a lush, sweet Australian Shiraz, while his Sirocco is a classic blend of southern Rhône grapes.
Syrah/Shiraz wines tend to be spicy. As such, syrah/shiraz wines pair excellently with bold flavored meats such as peppered beef, BBQ, and sausages. Syrah/Shiraz wines also work well with spicy cusines such as Mexican and Cajun.
Syrah originated in the south of France. These days, excellent Syrah is produced in California, Australia, as well as France. Many Syrahs (Shiraz in South Africa and Australia), are bold wines with intense flavors.
2 lbs. Brussel sprouts, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1/4 lb. Pancetta, diced
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 shallot, finely diced
salt and pepper
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 Tbsp. Italian parsley, finely ch