Always among the very best of the McCrea Syrahs, the 2005 Boushey Grande Côte brings blue fruits, composted earth, unfunky leather, cedar bark, smoked meats and more into play. It's simply one of the most complex Syrahs made anywhere in Washington, from a grand cru site that is absolutely made for the grape. As with the 2004, the flavor notes just keep on coming—cured ham, black truffle, charcoal, pencil lead, toasted nuts. Wow.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.