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.
From Heart of the Hill Vineyard on Red Mountain.
Purple in color. 14.5% ABV. 97% Mourvedre and 3% Syrah. Savory nose of black fruits, olive brine and white pepper. Medium to full bodied with strong acidity. Powerful and concentrated. Black cherry, garrigue, earth and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. James Mantone has a unique flair with Rhone varieties. This could use a few years in the cellar. Drink over the next 6-8 years.
My rating: 92 points.
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.