2011 Echelon Cabernet Sauvignon

13% alc.
$4 at Kent, WA (purchased 1/19/14)

20140122_152411_resized (2)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.


8 thoughts on “2011 Echelon Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. seedboy

    No longer owned by Diageo. I am a former Chalone shareholder and get special deals on all Diageo wines, this product is no longer among them.

    1. lim13

      Know who owns them now, SB?? Of course the Echelon website tells you nothing. And I could find nothing online about their ownership. Seems the Echelon label as well as Chalone have been producing rather mediocre low-end wines for a while now. Pretty sad.

    1. lim13

      Thanks, b5! Somehow lost your reply in here. Hard to keep up with winery and brand buyouts anymore. “Can’t tell the players without a scorecard!”


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