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Syncline and McCarthy & Schiering’s Store Blend


These wines are relatively well priced with the Syncline at $20 and the McCarthy & Schiering at $23.  Many of the Syncline wines are available at Soul Wine so at $17 this Grenache/Carignan is an absolute deal.  Go buy some!

2008 McCarthy & Schiering, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
This wine is produced at Quilceda Creek Winery and some say it comes from pressed Quilceda Creek grapes.  The label states 15.2% ABV!  This wine starts off as structured with a nice underlying, creamy, blue fruits.  There are stone-like minerals.  The fine+ tannins coat the mouth as a spicy aftertaste develops.  There are drying tannins.  This tilts towards a more alcoholic and wood tannic wine, that clearly needs age.  **(*) 2015-2019.

2009 Syncline, Grenache & Carignan, Columbia Valley
This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Carignan.  The Grenache is sourced from Milbrandt Vineyards and Wahluke Slope.  The Carignan is sourced from McKinley Springs and Horse Heaven Hills.  The grapes are hand harvested and the wine is aged for eleven months in neutral French oak.  This bottle drank great over three nights.  The aromas of raspberries and red fruit float out of the glass.  In the mouth there are meaty flavors of dark, red fruit.  There are subdued tannins intermixed with tart red fruit.  There are fresh, strong, purple fruit flavors in the aftertaste.  That wine is a bit disconnected at this point as it leaves the impression of two components: fresh fruit and tannins.  I suspect it just needs some time to integrate.  **(*) 2014-2017.

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