2011 Syncline Cuvée Elena

Wherein we ask local wine notables to make our weekday drinking decisions for us.

Self-styled "roving Sommelier" Chris Lara began his Seattle career as Wine Director at Crush, then Matt's in the Market, and, most recently, as Sales Director at Cadence Winery. Currently, Lara is eyeing the grueling Master Sommelier test. Here, he gives us his cold-weather pick.

So what do you think Chris, what should I drink tonight?

Drinking in cooler weather or in the middle of a fall storm always screams for a wine that offers a warming embrace. Syncline's 2011 Cuvée Elena is that wine. A gorgeous mourvédre, syrah, and grenache blend, artfully crafted by James and Poppie Mantone. These types of blends offer cooling red fruits, and sparks of dark toned fruit, with beautiful pepper spice. Perfect for fall game dishes or hearty stews. 

The Price: $39

Find It: Esquin has it in stock, or place an order at Pike and Western Wine Shop

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