Syrah from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Not shy to say, super expressive! Classic in approach which abounds with plum, black cherry, sandalwood, layered along with cured meat, white pepper and minerals. Voluminous, velvet and pure. Another milestone in the history that is M.C.K.
Suggested cheese pairing: Drunken Goat
Coming from the highest point in the Boushey vineyard and a mix of Syrah clones, the 2016 Motor City Kitty Old Field Boushey Vineyard was fermented all in concrete (no destemming) and brought up in neutral oak. Game, olives, white pepper, and darker fruits all emerge from this Côte Rôtie look-alike. With medium to full-bodied richness and a layered texture, it’s one of the greatest values out there, so if you see a bottle, you should buy it.
From the Oldfield-Boushey Vineyard, this has a deep color and a wild, exotic nose with such peppery complexity. Really intense palate with depth and focus. The dark plums and blackberries are striking and the pepper continues here and there’s an expansive feel to the finish. It builds and holds in impressive, bold and confident form. Try from 2022 and a decade after that.