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Four Wines From California and Washington, 30 April 2009


Here are two rather different affordable wines from California. The Thumbprint Merlot sports a lot of flavor but lacks focus. It was edged out by the Borra Fusion which comes across as better made and easier to drink.

2005 Thumbprint Cellars, Merlot Reserve Lot, Alexander Vineyard, Dry Creek – $17
A light+ nose of heavier fruit that is ripe with less acidity. This medium bodied wine has dark, blue fruit, sweet spices that are flavorful but come across as a bit flabby. There are darker fruits in the aftertaste and minimal tannins. I’d drink this now.

2005 Borra Vineyards, Fusion, Lodi – $17
This is a blend of 78% Syrah, 9% Petit Sirah, 7% Alacante Bouchet, and 6% Zinfandel. There is a light+ nose of lifted, gritty, ripe red/blue fruit. In the mouth initial flavors of sweet, cinnamon-like spice, and blue fruit followed by slightly spicy red fruit. There is a creamy fruit feel. In the aftertaste there is some acidity and heat. Drink now or within a few years.


I brought some wine back from a recent Seattle trip. I always grab bottles from producers that we don’t see in the DC area. This was my introduction to Syncline and I must write that I enjoyed both. Drink the Seduction Red now and the Mourvedre in a few years.

2007 Syncline, Subduction Red, Columbia Valley – $18
This is a blend of 35% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre, 16% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, and 13% Counoise. The fruit is cofermented then aged in 5-10% new French oak barrels for less than one year. In the glass there is a light to medium opaque ruby color with purple shade. The young, fruity nose shows brighter red fruit, some pepper and spices. In the mouth there is medium-round fruit, that is spiced with some tart red fruit in the finish and nice, slightly gritty tannins. This easy to drink wine delivers the goods as soon as it is unscrewed. Drink it within the next few years.

2007 Syncline, Mourvedre, Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills – $30
This 100% Mourvedre wine is aged for 16 months in two-year old French oak barrels. This medium+ opaque ruby with darker purple than the Seduction. There is a light nose of stinky Mourvedre goodness. This medium bodied wine initially shows dense red fruit with blue flavors developing midpalate. There is good texture and with minerals developing in the aftertaste. After 2-3 hours of air it is noticeably more expansive in the mouth and starts to uncoil. I’d cellar this a few years.