Echolands Winery 2018 Seven Hills Vineyard Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $52

By on March 21, 2021

Taggart Vineyard, in the Walla Walla Valley’s buzz-worthy SeVein development, won’t see its first commercial harvest until 2022, but Echolands owners Doug Frost and Brad Bergman, should be content to continue their relationship with famed Seven Hills Vineyard in the meantime. Their debut expression with Bordeaux varieties is split between Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and Merlot (40%) with noticeable influences from Cabernet Franc (18%) and Petit Verdot. Their Walla Walla-based winemaker, Taylor Oswald, shows an even-hand with his barrel program, which was entirely in French oak for 18 months, with five of those 15 barrels brand new wood. As such, it’s a wine all about Bing cherry and plump blueberries with accents of orange oil, cedar and light toast. There’s brightness to the structure, which leads out with a burst of boysenberry, dried cherry and blueberry skins.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 350 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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