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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 3 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2012 vintage.)
TypeRed
ProducerSyncline (web)
VarietyCounoise
Designationn/a
VineyardMcKinley Springs Vineyard
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2015 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.9 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ldehayr on 3/3/2015 & rated 89 points: Wine had depth and character. Not a long finish but nice drinking all the same. (127 views)
 Tasted by Wamrod on 2/8/2013 & rated 92 points: This was absolutely delicious. I take my hat off to the family at Syncline. I've been a fan since the first time I tried their Subduction White, 3 years ago. They absolutely put their heart into it.

Medium/dark garnet, clear

Nose of pimento, cherry and strawberry, peppers

Wonderfully complex palate - in my opinion, a near-perfect balance of big fruit, tannins and acid. I wanted to just keep drinking. Hit all the taste buds, even down the sides, like a barbecue party in my mouth. The savory umami is just off the charts good. Black plums, peppers, great acid,

I know this could go a few more years, but it was so good right now. Our problem was that we could stop sipping this and it was our first wine, so we started out the night drinking a lot!

Medium finish

Wonderful wine - I'm really happy they decided to have a go at Counoise, and the 14% Syrah was a good addition, which complemented the Counoise very nicely. (1085 views)
 Tasted by Bluecollar on 12/25/2012 & rated 89 points: Slight nose of violets, but very muted and still. After a 1+hour decant the flavors really opened up into a very enjoyable wine. Round flavors of fig, currant with a floral hint. Finish was medium to long with white pepper and cloves.

Would score higher if the nose was more pronounced. Must let open up for at least one hour though. Just as good the second night. (1036 views)

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Syncline

Producer website

Counoise

Counoise, with its bright acidity and open, spicy, fruity character, is traditionally a blending complement for Syrah and Mourvedre. On its own, it makes a wonderfully fruity red wine reminiscent of a Cru Beaujolais.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

Washington

Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Wineries
With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Growers
Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

Regions
As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Varieties
Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Horse Heaven Hills

About AVA (Wikipedia)

 
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