Inclined to Syncline: Rhone Varietals From Washington

Two Rhones Make a Right

Two Rhones Make a Right

Being a resident of Washington state, I have the opportunity to try some of the best wines that the state has to offer. One winery that I am super excited about right now is Syncline Winery. Syncline, (a trough of stratified rock in which the beds dip toward each other from either side) embodies it’s name. Located in Lyle, Washington, (Columbia Gorge AVA), Winemaker James Mantone was inspired by what other Washington winemakers had done with traditional Rhone and Burgundian varietals. Having worked at LaVelle Vineyards prior to starting Syncline, James had a soft spot for Pinot Noir, thus the first vintage of Syncline was a small production of Pinot Noir from Celilo Vineyard. After expanding production the following year to include Grenache and Syrah, James began working with vineyards to plant Viognier, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Cinsault, Counoise and Carignan.

James’ love and curiosity for Rhone varietals has come full circle. One wine that I really enjoy is his Subduction Red. Subduction is a blend of Mourvedre (39%), Counoise (19%), Syrah (17%), Grenache (16%), Cinsault (6%) and Carignan (3%). This is a lot of wine for it’s price ($18). Subduction red has a beautiful, dark ruby color at the core with light purple hues around the edge. The aromas of this wine are great: boysenberry, blackberry, toasted hazelnut, slight gaminess and a hint of birch. For a wine to have this many different varietals, it’s easy to balance or structure, but this is not the case with the Subduction. The palate has an initial burst of ripe red raspberries and black cherries with nice, stoney acidity. The mid palate is soft and opens up to flavors of plum, white cocoa, cotton candy and bit of white pepper. The wine has nice structure with good acidity and velvety tannins, most of which come from the French oak barrels that the wine is aged in. The finish lasts for days, again with supple tannins, plum and ripe raspberry.

In a market where the average price for a bottle of wine is $32, the Syncline Subduction Red is a great wine from Washington state that fits within any budget. Definitely check it out as well as some of James’ other wines; you won’t be disappointed! – Chip McLaughlin

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Two Rhones Make a RightBeing a resident of Washington state, I have the opportunity to try some of the best wines that the state has to offer. One winery that I am super excited about right now is Syncline Winery. Syncline, (a trough of stratified rock in which the beds dip toward each other from either side) embodies it’s name. Located in Lyle, Washington, (Columbia Gorge AVA), Winemaker James Mantone was inspired by what other Washington winemakers had done with traditional Rhone and Burgundian varietals. Having worked at LaVelle Vineyards prior to starting Syncline, James had a soft spot for Pinot Noir, thus the first vintage of Syncline was a small production of Pinot Noir from Celilo Vineyard. After expanding production the following year to include Grenache and Syrah, James began working with vineyards to plant Viognier, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Cinsault, Counoise and Carignan.

James’ love and curiosity for Rhone varietals has come full circle. One wine that I really enjoy is his Subduction Red. Subduction is a blend of Mourvedre (39%), Counoise (19%), Syrah (17%), Grenache (16%), Cinsault (6%) and Carignan (3%). This is a lot of wine for it’s price ($18). Subduction red has a beautiful, dark ruby color at the core with light purple hues around
the edge. The aromas of this wine are great: boysenberry, blackberry, toasted hazelnut, slight gaminess and a hint of birch. For a wine to have this many different varietals, it’s easy to balance or structure, but this is not the case with the Subduction. The palate has an initial burst of ripe red raspberries and black cherries with nice, stoney acidity. The mid palate is soft and opens up to flavors of plum, white cocoa, cotton candy and bit of white pepper. The wine has nice structure with good acidity and velvety tannins, most of which come from the French oak barrels that the wine is aged in. The finish lasts for days, again with supple tannins, plum and ripe raspberry.
In a market where the average price for a bottle of wine is $32, the Syncline Subduction Red is a great wine from Washington state that fits within any budget. Definitely check it out as well as some of James’ other wines; you won’t be disappointed! – Chip McLaughlin

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