Echolands Winery has announced six fall wine releases, including two new red wines – Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 and Blue Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2019 – and four vintage updates to core labels: 2019 Les Collines Syrah, 2019 Seven Hills Vineyard Red, 2020 Rivière-Galets Grenache and 2020 Poet-Nat. The new releases are the product of dynamic winemaking duo, Doug Frost, Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and winemaker Taylor Oswald. Together, they harness Frost’s discerning palate and Oswald’s technical winemaking skills to expertly craft wines that echo and respect the landscape.
- Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 – Walla Walla Valley AVA. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot. Sitting on a hill in a cooler spot in the Walla Walla Valley, Pepper Bridge Vineyard has emerged as a source of bold and sturdy Cabernets and Merlots. The 2019 vintage saw several frosts before harvest and our nerves were on edge until the grapes were in and fermenting. As it transpired, we fell in love with our small production of Pepper Bridge Cab – it didn’t suffer from the cold, and even benefited from it. 13.4% ABV
- Blue Mountain Cabernet Franc 2019 – Walla Walla Valley AVA. 97% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot. This is one of those wines that started its life as a potential blender and quickly demanded its own bottle. The wine embodies precisely what we hoped to achieve: the ideal Cabernet Franc character of lavender, rose petal, herbs and blue and red fruits, along with the generosity and richness that Walla Walla can bring. Nestled in the beautiful Blues, Blue Mountain Vineyard is one of the coolest sites in Walla Walla Valley, and our Cabernet Franc benefits from this lovely environment. 13.6% ABV