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Community Tasting Notes (9) Avg Score: 89.8 points

  • Wonderful richness at this $21 price point. Really enjoyed it.

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  • Dark ruby with cherry and cedar nose. Dry tannins, fuller body and fruit, balanced toward the fruity side with nicely integrated tannins. Roast beef coming on strongly. Drinking very well now and should please those liking a bold red, not a fruit bomb, just a flavorful fruit driven wine with some acid and chewy tannins for complexity.

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  • Dark, sappy red. Nose: moderately aromatic. Dark fruit compote of blackberries, cherries, loganberries and raspberries. Black pepper and and crushed stone. Tobacco leaf. High tone of rose water. Palate: medium viscosity, lightweight but satiny tannins. Fruit is tarter on the palate than nose with a good amount of fresh, bright orange. Berry flavors of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry. Touch of white and black pepper. Lavender, thyme and oregano. Minerality isn't as strong on the palate, but there is some pencil lead/graphite. And a bit of greenness, just a touch. Finish: the greenness is stronger on the finish, but not in a bad way. Acidity stays bright and carries the orange. It also ups the tartness of the raspberry. At the end comes in some tar. Overall a very solid if uninspiring wine. Given how good a GSM you can get from Southern Rhone for less than half the cost of this bottle, it's a terrible value.

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  • This wine is really drinking well right now. Rosemary is prominent in the nose early on but is overpowered later on by a big whiff of fruitcake and sweet plum. The palate is rich and layered, sending waves of ripe fruit to finish with medium-grained tannins, strawberry and hints of anise. Tasted alongside a similarly-priced Chateauneuf-du-Pape from the same year, this was similar in many ways while showing more elegance and lively fruit. This is a lovely cuvee that shows the amazing potential of this regions for Rhone-style wines.

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  • Quick decant and drank over a few hours. Plum and rich fruit, not super balanced in my opinion. Probably need to sit more like others have suggested. Would buy again at $30.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Syncline Wine Cellars Cuvee Elena Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Sean Sullivan
    12/31/2012, (See more on Washington Wine Report...) **** points

    (Syncline Cuvee Elena Columbia Valley) An aromatically complex wine with cherry, strawberry, high toned herbal notes, orange peel, floral notes, white pepper, and a dash of citrus and spice. The palate is full bodied with fresh, pure fruit flavors. A luxurious wine that calls out to Southern France. 57% Grenache, 32% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah, 5% Counoise, and 1% Carignan. McKinley Springs, Alder Ridge, Ciel du Cheval, Heart of the Hill, and Coyote Canyon vineyards. Aged in neutral French oak. 14.8% alcohol. 420 cases produced. Sample provided by winery

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