Opened and let breath for 60 minutes with no decanting.
Well integrated and classic syncline wine. Flavors of red and black fruit, with cloves and cinnamon and and edge of cedar. Restrained tannins that are firm but no overpowering. Long, clean, floral finish.
Drinking well now, and should hold or improve for 2-5 yrs
Drinking well now and should have 3+ years more to go. Nose is somewhat muted, with scents of cherry. Flavors of black cherry, red plume, and cinnamon with a round yet firm tannin structure. Very nice mouth feel with a long finish that builds off strawberry pie and chocolate and ends with warm spice. Excellent
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. Great.
Served with cassoulet. Decanted for ~30 minutes. Continued to open over the next 2 hours. Tannins were nice and not overbearing, but made their presence known. Soft stone fruit, cherry, raspberry. Nice balance.
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(Syncline Cuvee Elena Columbia Valley) Light herbal and floral notes mix with wild blueberries, raspberries, mineral notes, and a whiff of pepper. The palate is seamlessly stitched together with impeccable balance. Bright acidity and incredibly fresh, clean fruit flavors persist on and on long after the last sip. 48% Grenache, 24% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and 5% Cinsault. Northridge, Coyote Canyon, and McKinley Springs vineyards. Aged in 225L and 700L French oak (2nd and 3rd fill) for 16 months. 250 cases produced.
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