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.
Crimson in color. 14.3% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, roasted herbs, wet pavement and flowers. Medium body with perfect acidity. Concentration in spades. Black cherry, plums, anise and earth on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and supple. One of the best wines I’ve ever had from Syncline. Drink over the next 4-7 years.
My rating: 94 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.