International Wine Report

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91: 2017 Rose, Horse Heaven Hills

The 2017 Rosé starts off with attractive aromatics of red cherries, rose petals along with smoky accents. Delicious and lithe, this has a dense mouthfeel and is nearly impossible to resist right now.

89: 2016 Subduction Red, Columbia Valley

This good value wine is a blend of largely Syrah and Grenache that shows a nice mix of red fruits connect with the lithe minerality. I like the tension here, while this has a very old-world feel.

91: 2015 Counoise, Horse Heaven Hills

Sourced from the McKinley Springs Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, the wine is an excellent release by winemaker James Mantone, who decided to take on Counoise. While quite translucent, it still packs full flavor. On the nose aromas of dried herbs and strawberries are notable. The palate yeilds flavors of black pepper and raspberries which leads into the pretty finish. (Best 2017-2025)

90: 2015 Cinsault, Horse Heaven Hills

Sourced from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Syncline’s Cinsault is a translucent, medium-body, ruby wine that beautifully showcases the McKinley Springs Vineyard. The nose offers up crushed gravel, lilac, and strawberry. It checks in at an appropriate 13.1% alcohol, and the palate gives a harmonious blend of mineral and fruit. The floral overtones show themselves from beginning to end. The 100% Cinsault finishes with gentle tannins that move towards the back end of the palate at the finish. (Best 2017-2025)

Wine Report 2008

Syncline – in the top 5 of “New Up-And-Coming Producers” in the Pacific Northwest

Syncline Cuvée Elena – in the top 3 “Most Exciting Or Unusual Finds” in the Pacific Northwest

Syncline Cuvée Elena – in the “100 Most Exciting Wine Finds” Global Report:

The entire raison d’être of this section is to bring to the attention of serious wine enthusiasts the different and most surprising wines being developed in classic areas, the best wines from emerging regions, and other cutting-edge stuff.

Cuvée Elena 2004 – The complexity and ripeness of this wine are immediately apparent, and carry through to a lingering finish loaded with bright, citrusy, cool climate fruits. It’s a captivating wine, with a forward an intriguing set of sauvage and tarry flavors, and very satisfying length.


Wine Report 2006

Syncline- in the top 5 of “New Up-And-Coming Producers” in the Pacific Northwest


Wine Report 2005

Syncline – in the top 10 of “New Up-And –Coming Producers” in the Pacific Northwest

Syncline Viognier- in the top 3 “Most Exciting Or Unusual Finds” in the Pacific Northwest