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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 24 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2013 vintage.)
ProducerSyncline (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationSubduction Red Wine
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2016 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.6 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 30 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Bluecollar on 4/4/2015 & rated 90 points: similar to past notes (465 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 7/19/2014 & rated 91 points: last of 6. Wish I had more. Great QPR. (1257 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 6/19/2014: Nice as per usual. Glad it got better with age, (1171 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 4/28/2014: really good with a ribeye, leftover from a night out. The mouvedre and the boysenberry compote, kirsch and bloody, meaty notes make this an enjoyable wine now. (1311 views)
 Tasted by Bluecollar on 2/24/2014 & rated 90 points: Drinking very well now and is quite enjoyable all on it's own. Dark fruit with a soft mouthfeel that transitions well to the firm tannins on the finish. Plum, chocolate, black currant, flavors with some herbal notes. (1089 views)
 Tasted by FlavioSFL on 12/8/2013 & rated 88 points: Youthful wine. Raspberry, blackberry , dark cherry on the palate. Jammy fruit is expressed on the nose with licorice scent. Lively spice, grainy tannins- wine was left in a decanter for 3hrs. Wonderful acidity. (1085 views)
 Tasted by affordableCollector on 11/20/2013 & rated 90 points: dark red, inky, in color. dark berry, cocoa, plum, on the nose. plum, spice, blackberry, pepper, saline, on the palate. high acid, on the finish. (765 views)
 Tasted by ocperu on 10/5/2013 & rated 89 points: A whole different wine on day 2. (760 views)
 Tasted by Kevincrouch on 5/15/2013 & rated 90 points: Always a nice wine. I love the deep fruit in this. (1066 views)
 Tasted by tautlinehitch on 2/24/2013 & rated 87 points: Bright, clean nose with spicy notes, a bit of tart cherry, black pepper. Palate dominated by mouth-watering acidity, cherry and pomegranate flavors, medium tannins. Charming, low-key, very much a food wine, or vin de table in the best sense. Best served at cellar temperature. (1067 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 1/29/2013 & rated 88 points: Deep violet, no clear rim on the wine, but semi translucent. It took some time to open up, but the nose is a delicate mixed berry and violets. On the palate the berries come through quite well, but taste darker than the smell. Nice mid-palate with a nice texture and mouth coating silky tannin. The minerals and acidity have great chemistry. A good finish ends this nicely, but a little high in the ABV department and not masked very well. Not very complex either, but a great qpr that went well with roasted pork. (1692 views)
 Tasted by Bluecollar on 11/28/2012 & rated 89 points: Needs 30 min to open. not much on the nose, but bursts with flavors of cherry, red currant, and cinnamon. Short yet strong backbone of acidity than transitions well to medium finish with some leather and earth.
Got to say the acidity was very pleasant and should give a few more years of life to this vintage. Better than 2008. (1211 views)
 Tasted by Musedir on 9/30/2012: Deep claret color, long legs on bowl. Cherries, a bit of leather, spices leaning towards pepper. Pepper confirmed on front of tongue. Some tannins evident but overall very good finish. Lets just say that this is a heckuva more satisfying than the 2012 vintage Ryder Cup I have been watching. By far. (1577 views)
 Tasted by Kevincrouch on 7/9/2012: Still just as lovely as ever. A solid Rhone blend. (1399 views)
 Tasted by forcumba on 6/27/2012 & rated 90 points: Washington wine report monthly tasting. Red berry, pepper and dusty/ earthy on the nose with a delicious jammy taste, good texture and some acidity to finish it off. Looking to buy more! (1274 views)
 Tasted by atrox on 4/2/2012 & rated 90 points: Very dark purple. Aromatic, you can smell it across the room. Lots of blue and black fruit. Definitely WA syrah based.

No savory notes but great fruit. Tart cherry with a strong acid backbone. Lighter than expected with some pepper notes. A little empty on the mid. (1339 views)
 Tasted by MrSnooty on 1/1/2012 & rated 91 points: Very impressive bouquet of cassis, Christmas spices and vanilla. Smooth, soft, full-bodied red with velvety tannins and a good dose of dark black and red fruit. A little hot and dominated by vanilla, but definitely a pleasant wine. Drinking well now. (1420 views)
 Tasted by mreinitz on 12/4/2011: Acidic and a little rough, with less fruit than previous vintages. Doesn't really seem ready to drink, and I'm not sure that it ever will. (1389 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165
(Syncline Wine Cellars Subduction Red Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (6/27/2012)
(Syncline Wine Cellars Subduction Red Red Wine Columbia Valley) An aromatically appealing wine with raspberries, cherry, white pepper, and herbal notes. The palate is tart and textured with fresh, vibrant fruit flavors with a tremendous energy backed by crisp acidity. Just a baby now, give this one some time to open up or a few months in the cellar with a suggested serving temperature of 62 degrees. 31% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah, 21% Grenache, 12% Cinsault, 7% Carignan, and 4% Counoise. Aged 11 months in French oak (5-10% new) and concrete. 14.14% alcohol. 1,600 cases produced.  *** 1/2 points
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Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Winery Association

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