Pendulum Winery 2013 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $18

By on September 11, 2015

pendulum-red-wine-nv-bottleA number of Washington’s largest vineyards — Alder Ridge, Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Goose Ridge and Frenchman Hills — join forces for this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (59%), Merlot (23%), Syrah (11%) and Malbec. A program of 20% new oak makes for aromas of fresh cherry, plum, pomegranate, earthiness and saddle leather, followed by flavors of dark chocolate, plum, white strawberry and pie cherry. Its juicy approach, light-to-medium tannin profile and savory food-friendly angle is reminiscent of a bigger Pinot Noir from a cooler vintage.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 20,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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