This week’s first wine, a 2007 Syncline Subduction Red, is a blend of 35% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre, 16% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, and 13% Counoise from Washington’s Columbia Valley AVA. The winemaker calls it a “Washington version of a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages,” and at first sniff/sip you can easily see why.
A brilliant dark garnet in color with rich aromas and flavors of juicy black cherries, blackberries, pepper and nutmeg, this is a wonderfully complex yet balanced blend. Though it drinks remarkably easily (I had to remind myself to save some for J, who was working late that night), this is nothing short of an example of blending at its best, where the winemaker has managed to find that perfect sweet spot so that the unique characteristics of each of the grapes in the blend compliments the others, such that the end product is far better than the sum of its parts. Indeed, when I took my first sip I had to check to see if my notes were correct that this bottle is really only $17.99 because, to be perfectly honest, it blows away red blends I’ve had from certain other wine-producing countries that retail for upwards of twice the price.
Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself at wine.com.
4 corks popped!