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.
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.
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.
An undrinkable mess (for me, not for my wife) on night one, just vanilla cherry phosphate. Tiresome, flabby, vanillin and fermented grapes that could have come from anywhere. Sur maturite.
In the fridge for two nights (and served at 63F, not 68F), and we have an entirely different wine. One made for food, or cocktails, whatever. Still too much oak, but not so much that on night three the bright fruits can't zoom past it all. Potpourri, creamy red and black fruits, black licorice, grilled herbs and a lick of vanilla and toast. Dark ruby core, thick watery edge, and sensibly full-bodied (at 63F). I like this less and less as it warms up - the oak and EtOH take over and aren't very forgiving. Some minerals move in toward the end of the bottle, adding the only real piece of interest. With more time, this could move from good to very good, but it's got its work cut out for it if it wants to distinguish itself. As it is, the hot finish is not doing this any favors. Having said all that, I can't deny it's pretty tasty with a cheeseburger with the works. Give this another year or two. 14,8% abv, drink thru 2019
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(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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