Syncline 2008 Rosé Columbia Valley
Syncline rosé is summertime in a glass. It symbolizes all that this season brings us here in Seattle. Warm, sometimes even hot, temperatures, sunny skies, backyard grilling, dining al fresco, and glasses of chilled rosé to enjoy all summer long.
My wife and I have a preference for French rosé, with those being lightest in color usually our most favorite. Too often local producers create an over-extracted rosé, resulting in a drink that is more liked spiked Kool-Aid than wine.
The Syncline 2008 Rosé Columbia Valley (13.8%) is a clear light salmon color in the glass offering dusty perfume notes of violets and lavender along with red berry fruits and hints of minerals and yeast. This rosé delivered nice fruit with bright acidity combining together in a crisp, refreshing finish.
This year's version of the Syncline rosé is comprised of blend that is 44% cinsault, 30% grenache, 17% mourvedre, and 9% counoise. This is a bit of a departure from last year's blend, when grenache played the lead role. I kind of like the folks at Syncline mixing things up a bit year-over-year, as this provides something unique to each vintage.
We served the Syncline with grilled Jamaican Jerk chicken thighs, grilled broccolini, and wild rice. This rosé would complement a wide variety of foods. In fact, I can't wait to grill some salmon and other seafood with this wine paired along with it. Time to stock up, for summer is just around the corner.