2010 Syncline "Subduction Red" Columbia Valley Rhone Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Syncline 2010 Subduction Red--their largest bottling--represents a geologically and geographically diverse range of vineyards and the following varieties: Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, and smaller amounts of Cinsault, Counoise, and Carignan (of which, yes, there is some, at Alder Ridge in the Horse Heaven Hills). Bright red raspberry tinged with bay and sage and allied to red meat juiciness takes on increasingly smoky, piquantly fruit pit, as well as stony notes as it heads into a long, quite fascinating finish of infectious juiciness and refreshment. Firm and lean in feel, this is apt to loosen-up and become even more expressive in another year or so, which is amazing considering what terrific value it represents now.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(31% mourvedre, 25% syrah, 21% grenache, 12% cinsault, 7% carignan and 4% counoise): Good deep red. Enticing aromas of raspberry, currant, garrigue, black olive and violet, Sweet, sappy and nicely dense, with excellent peppery lift to the very ripe flavors of currant, black cherry, herbs, licorice and black olive. Finishes juicy and very long, with slightly drying tannins and excellent peppery lift.
The six varietals in this Rhone blend are sourced from different appelations within Columbia Valley that suit their individual characteristics. From the winery: "Ripe and hedonistic, with vivid ruby color, this charming wine exhibits black cherry, raspberry, baking spice and black pepper aromas and flavors. The bright, fresh finish provides a wine that is harmonious with many foods and occasions."