2008 Syncline ‘Cuvee Elena’

synclineThis wine is flat-out delicious. While a lot of people associate quality Washington reds with a lot of oak and over-the-top fruit, this bottle from the Columbia Gorge’s Syncline Winery is light, bright and still incredibly fresh five years in.

A somewhat unusual–for Washington, anyway–mash-up of grenache, mourvedre, syrah, counoise and cinsault, the wine is pretty and mostly transparent in the glass, and all berries and spice on the palate. Juicy and not at all fatiguing, owing in large part to what I gather is all used oak. This bottle disappeared fast during dinner, and I sorely wish I had more of it.

Excellent wine, and a reminder of Washington’s potential to make styles to suit all palates. (And bottled with a glass stopper!)

I can’t remember what we paid for this at Portland’s Vinopolis, but I’m guessing about $30. So maybe not a screaming bargain, but a fair price for a fine bottle.

A-.

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About davetalkswine

I like to drink and write about wine. I'm an equal opportunity drinker, but gravitate toward France, the Pacific Northwest and up-and-comers like New York and Virginia.
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