$4 at Kent, WA (purchased 1/19/14)
It has been a quite a while since I’ve had an Echelon wine. My experience in the past has been a hit and miss decent value at $8ish dollars. So this was about half off and it seems like a lot of GO reds have been $6-$10 lately. What the heck, that’s one of the reasons we’re all here blogging. A little internet research revealed that the winemaker is still intact, but the winery changed hands a few years back to a larger brand management company. They do around 100,000 cases a year. They are located in San Miguel, CA so I suspect most of the grapes are from Central California.
Dark garnet in color with a nose of blackberry and cherry. Sweet blackberry fruit on the palate with maybe a touch of oak and spice. Light on acid and tannins with a lack of complexity or secondary overtones. If you like your wine more grapey and fruity then this might be worth a try and is drinkable, but I am going to give it a pass.