The Walla Walla AVA encompasses both Oregon and Washington wineries, where the days are warm and sunny and the nights are cool. Overall, this climate is a great recipe for grape growing. Cabernet franc is a finicky grape and can show itself quite differently depending on the climate in which it is cultivated, vineyard sites, and of course the growing season at large. Echolands’ Cabernet Franc is from the Blue Mountain Vineyard, which is regarded as one of the premium grape growing sites in the region, so we are excited and ready to try this wine.
With a deep ruby color, the wine is signified by black fruits, such as black cherry, black currant, and blackberry, on the nose. A hint of raspberry and red cherry enters, alongside mild floral notes of violet and blossom, then some herbaceous leafy notes, and a hint of eucalyptus/mint. On the palate, the same wonderful black fruits show up right away, and are well complemented by the moderate tannins and acid, balanced with a similar moderate body and the same flavor intensity. The alcohol in this wine is perfect, hugging the other elements in the wine. The herbaceous and herbal elements are present throughout, the licorice coming through especially on the finish.
This is a wonderful iteration of an American made Cabernet Franc, where the terroir of Walla Walla shines through. It is a well-balanced wine and made to be enjoyed now, without further aging.
A- / $38 / echolandswinery.com