McCrea Cellars, Inc.-Syrah-Ciel du Cheval Vineyard-Red Mountain-Washington State-2006-14.8% Alcohol-$19.99-A very distinct and bold nose of red and dark fruits and spice, dark purple in color, one of the biggest fruit noses I can recall. A full bodied single vineyard Syrah with red and black currants, blackberries, with layers of exotic spices and chocolate, long finish. A special Syrah. WE-93 CR-93 Good with meats, chicken, pasta.
Ravenswood Winery-Zinfandel-Teldeschi Vineyard-Dry Creek Valley-California-2007-14.5% Alcohol-$25.98-A nose of dark cherry, dark purple in the core of the glass, lightening to a bit of a garnet red on the edges. This single vineyard Zin is medium to full bodied, with a long finish. The alcohol comes through, but not too hot. The wine is robust and full-flavored, with a touch of dark fruit, but more obviously, a smoky, meaty element. WS-86 WE-90 CR-90 Good with ribs, chicken, pasta.