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Winemaker's Journal — Nefarious Syrah a winner

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Looking for a great wine to stowe away for the future? There's a great one nearby just waiting for you. Well, maybe not.

Nefarious Cellars' 2010 Rocky Mother Vineyard Estate Syrah is the only wine from a North Central Washington winery to make Wine Enthusiast magazine's list of 2013 World's Top 100  Cellar Selection Wines. The Chelan winery's estate grown syrah was number 23 on the list. The wine scored a teriffic 95 points in the magazine's wine reviews in 2012 and was also picked as a Cellar Selection last year.

Which is probably why the wine isn't listed on the Nefarious wine purchase web page. Unfortunately, it's sold out. There are some other great Nefarious wines that are available.

I'm thinking there are many great local wines that will improve with a little time in the cellar that magazine reviewers missed. Most Washington red wines from 2010 and 2011 benefit with additional cellar time. There are several other Washington wines on the list, which speaks well of the rising world aclaim for Northwest wines.

But it's great to see at least one locally grown, locally made wine on this national magazine's list. Congratulations Dean and Heather Neff!