Syncline Winery was founded in 1999 by James and Poppie Mantone. Syncline’s first vintage in 1999, consisted of 76 cases of Celilo Vineyards Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1973. The next year, production was increased to include Columbia Valley Syrah and Grenache. At the same time they began working with vineyards to plant Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise and Carignan. They have kept production under 6,000 cases annually to ensure intimacy with each barrel and every vine.
Crimson in color. 13.7% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, roasted herbs, iron and flowers. Medium body with strong acidity. Lithe and fresh like so many of the Syncline reds. Cherries, blood, charred meat and minerals on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish with prominent tannins. Unique take on Washington Syrah. I would tuck this one away for awhile. Best over the next 3-5 years.
My rating: 91 points.
The wines from Syncline are readily available and priced attractively.
Syncline Winery is located along the Columbia River Gorge in Lyle, Washington. We usually visit Syncline in conjunction with a trip to Hood River, Oregon. Definitely worth a visit when you are in the area.