Barrage Cellars Syrah 2014

Have you tasted the “Secret Weapon” from Barrage Cellars?  This “BOLD” Syrah from Boushey Vineyards in Yakima Valley, Washington will make you the James Bond of the wine world!  Plums, blackberries, blueberries aromas with that inky violet color, wow, what a wine!

Kevin Correl (winemaker) and his wife, Bonni, have been making 100% varietals since 2008. Kevin makes two Syrahs, one picked early “Stone and Vine”  from Stoney Vine Vineyards. The one produced from the rocks district of Milton Freewater is a wine more approachable and not as bold as “Secret Weapon”.

I truly love the bold Secret Weapon version, medium plus tannins and acidity that balances well with the dark fruit. It had a very nice finish that equals the boldness. If you ever get a chance to pick up a bottle of this you really should!

Kevin takes it to heart that he never releases a wine until it’s ready to drink!  He ages his wines French oak, American oak from 20 to 26 months, depending on the grape.  He then lets the wine settle in the bottle for another 6 to 12 months!  Well done Kevin!!

About myredwineguys

My red wine guys, Jim and Rich, have been drinking and comparing red wines together for the last 10 years. We drink reds exclusively (except for champagne during New Year’s Eve celebration's or special occasions). In our search to find the best red wine for the buck, we are constantly buying and drinking a variety of reds. Frequently, we see many of our favorite reds increase in price (making them impractical to buy and consume with the dismal economy). This motivates us to try and compare lesser known reds from a variety of wineries. We are constantly telling our friends where to buy and save on these great reds. One weekend over a bottle of red wine (of course), we decided to share our recommendations with the world via a blog (with the support of our wives who really think this is another way for us to drink more red wine). We are going to be making road trips up the coast and sharing our opinions on some great California Reds. Jim is a retired Navy Senior Chief now working as a Navy Technical Rep. His world travels have given him the opportunity to taste wines on different continents. He finds himself often comparing them to his favorite region – Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford districts that produce some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon's. Richard is a musician who grew up in Santa Maria with a family rich with red wine tradition. According to the family legends, his grandfather used to make wine out of grapefruit when grapes were not available. He grew up drinking and making wine with his father and other Italian families in the central coast, long before there were grape vines in the area. In fact, the reason his family located to California was to make wine! Thank you for visiting our site! We hope you enjoy a glass of exceptional red wine soon!
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