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Syncline Syrah Horse Heaven Hills Mckinley Springs Vineyard 2009

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The cracked black pepper aromas complement the black cherry fruitiness of this vintage and make it a great match for grilled Salmon and sautéed vegetables served over pasta. Aged for 10 months on a dark toasted French oak (35% new), which provides a wonderful deep and rich butterscotch characteristic. Notes from the producer's website.

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Cline Cellars:
  Cline Cellars was founded in 1982 by Fred Cline, grandson of Valeriano Jacuzzi, founder of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Originally located in Oakley, California, the winery was moved in 1991 to Carneros, in Sonoma County, on a 350 acre estate. Cline Cellars produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, as well as Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Cha... Read more
  Cline Cellars was founded in 1982 by Fred Cline, grandson of Valeriano Jacuzzi, founder of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Originally located in Oakley, California, the winery was moved in 1991 to Carneros, in Sonoma County, on a 350 acre estate. Cline Cellars produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, as well as Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Charlie Tsegeletos, the winery’s Director of Winemaking and their winemaker, ensures that the grapes speak for themselves through the wines that he produces. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Syncline Syrah Horse Heaven Hills Mckinley Springs Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,785
3.00 5
02/21/2012

This smells of olive, briar, smoke and dried berry fruit, with a hint of prune. A little sweet on entry, but the acidity is well matched, lending this an easy, clear and bright feel. The flavors are red-fruited, a bit red currant and red cherry toned with some stemmy, briary accents in a rather simple presentation. Not a lot of wood, just pure, easy to drink Syrah fruit. This is actually pretty delicious. Just goes to show you that sometimes less really is more. Turns a bit sticky on the finish, but still nicely fruity without being footy. 86pts


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Snooth User: calywa
9256772,127
4.00 5
08/08/2013

Smoky, spicy, perfect for barbecue


Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,079
3.50 5
02/22/2012

A little olivey and fruity on the nose. A more simple and easy-to-enjoy Syrah that I can really get into.


Snooth User: minnow
4153486
4.00 5
03/03/2010

excellent ... peppery and full. Great on it's own or with a big fat steak and fries....maybe even steak and eggs!!!


Snooth User: wudrich
78508299
3.50 5
07/05/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Syncline Syrah Horse Heaven Hills Mckinley Springs Vineyard

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Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
03/15/2013

This deep purple colored wine is surprisingly complex, with fresh blueberry, black cherry jammy fruit, and spiced with cracked black pepper aromas. Cline Cellars Website


External Review
03/08/2013

Cline's Syrah is a wine of surprising complexity. The deep purple color explodes with fresh blueberry and black cherry jammy fruit spiced with cracked black pepper aromas.



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The cracked black pepper aromas complement the black cherry fruitiness of this vintage and make it a great match for grilled Salmon and sautéed vegetables served over pasta. Aged for 10 months on a dark toasted French oak (35% new), which provides a wonderful deep and rich butterscotch characteristic. Notes from the producer's website.

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