After the Thanksgiving gluttony yesterday, Jon and I had a light dinner tonight leftovers, paired with the Syncline 2010 Carignan Grenache blend. Syncline is a Washington winery, located along the Columbia River Gorge along the border with Oregon. They are family owned, and they purchase their fruit from some of the best vineyards in Eastern Washington.
This wine is made with fruit sourced from the McKinley Springs Vineyard. The blend is 64% Carignan, and 36% Grenache, with a clear, dark, garnet color. On the nose, I picked up quite a bit of blackberry and light tobacco. However, this wine is light and fruity when you drink it, rather than having big, tannic, tobacco flavors. There are medium tannins with flavors of blackberry and fresh plums. It is a nicely balanced wine that everybody can enjoy.
I’m sure this wine is long ago sold out, as there were only 220 cases produced, and the blend varies from year to year, but you can’t go wrong with any of Syncline’s wines. I wrote about our visit to the winery here, and if you have a chance to visit or try their wines, I would certainly recommend them.