100% Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, California.
SRP of $25 and available at that price. Sample received courtesy Benson Marketing for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"From the sprawling coastline to the gently rolling hills enveloping lush, vineyard-laden valleys, Echelon is inspired by the best that California has to offer. Our Collection Series wines, the Upper Echelon, celebrate the most prestigious appellations within California.
Aromas of red berry, tart currant and juicy plum precede flavors of concentrated dark fruit with a hint of smoky spice. Perfectly balanced, the crisp acidity contributes to a complex, silky finish. Enjoy with a soft-ripened brie or camembert appetizer or a meal featuring herb-roasted pork tenderloin.
Today's Saturday Splurge comes from the newly launched Collection Series line from Echelon Vineyard. And while it is possible to find good Pinot Noir under $20, it does take some work so today we offer a Saturday Splurge Pinot Noir that is just outside our normal price range.
The 2010 Echelon Collection Series Russian River Valley Pinot Noir begins with aromas of black cherry cola, raspberry, a little vanilla and peppery spice along with a dash of Sweet Tarts candy. The wine tastes of raspberry, black cherry, and a good amount of really nice peppery spice that kicks in on the finish. This wine has a good silky texture and nice acidity. A really nice, flavorful and spicy Pinot Noir.
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