Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 2/7/14)
I sat on this wine for some time (no, not literally!). Because so many readers commented on it, I thought maybe it wise to just let the comments tell the story. But today I opened it and thought we might have some readers who only check the posted reviews and not reader comments. So, here I am with my review. And from what I recall, I believe I’m in agreement with what most of our “regulars” have expressed. It’s mighty tasty!
Clear medium ruby color. Very fragrant varietally true nose of black cherry, smoke and earth. Lots of tart acidity and firm, but accessible tannins on the palate; flavors of more black cherry, some red raspberry and very light mushroomy nuances. Medium body and nice balance. Great food wine that went quite well with hot pan sauteed marinated boneless NY steak strips and fresh mushrooms.
Interestingly too…when posting my notes in my computer wine cellar program, I found that I had consumed the 2009 version of the Echelon Pinot Noir in November 2012…and it was from France. Regular retail was $12.00. It was quite tannic and tasted like it had been blended with some other darker fruit variety (Syrah?).