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- Bucko - 04-07-2007 11:31 AM

2006 Syncline, Rosé, Columbia Valley, Washington, $14. The nose is a pleasant mix of sand plums and banana notes. Very fruity and seemingly sweet (no residual sugar), the bright acidity puts this one in competition with rosés from Tavel; 89/90.

2005 Syncline, Roussanne, Alderidge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington, $22. The vineyard yield for these grapes is less than two tons per acre. The nose and palate are highlighted by peaches, melon rind, almonds and a wisp of smoke; 88/88.

2005 Syncline, Subduction Red, Columbia Valley, Washington, $18. Now here is a fun wine, plain and simple. A Rhone-style blend, the wine is elegant and easy to drink due to the soft tannins and charming fruit. Good value; 88/90.

2004 Syncline, Syrah, Destiny Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington, $28. I believe this wine needs time in the bottle to show better. Highlighted by black fruit, licorice, smoke and cedar, it is pretty tannic and hard at this point; 86+/86+.

2004 Syncline, Syrah, McKinley Springs Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington, $30. This wine is bigger, richer and more approachable than the Destiny Ridge. The wine is co-fermented with 2-3 percent Viognier grapes, and is loaded with black fruits supported by modest tannins; 90/90.

2005 Syncline, Viognier, Columbia Valley, Washington, $20. Anyone who drinks Viognier knows how fickle the grape can be. Mantone hit a home run here. He barrel ferments the wine in 10-year-old barrels and does not allow malolactic fermentation. Honeysuckle, peach and almond notes abound in this well-structured wine; 91/92.


- Kcwhippet - 04-07-2007 12:15 PM

Destiny Tidge was where we were supposed to go shooting after a day of wine tasting two years ago. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed - drunks with guns!!!


- winoweenie - 04-07-2007 01:10 PM

Is Tidge close to Ridge? [Image: wink.gif](giggle,snort)WW


- dananne - 04-07-2007 01:42 PM

Did you retaste these from a month ago?


- Innkeeper - 04-07-2007 01:52 PM

Repetition comes right before memory loss.


- Bucko - 04-07-2007 02:00 PM

Ooops, my "Show posts" somehow got changed from 30 days to 10 days. What IK said... [Image: biggrin.gif] [Image: biggrin.gif]