Review: 2020 Echolands Rubrum and 2019 Syrah

Review: 2020 Echolands Rubrum and 2019 Syrah

Opened in 2018, Echolands winery is located in the Walla Walla AVA (American Viticultural Area), which resides within the larger Columbia Valley AVA in Washington State (and a bit of Oregon). We had a chance to try their Cab Franc, which was quite good, and today we take a crack at two additional reds in their growing lineup. Let’s give them a try.

2020 Echolands Rubrum – A Bordeaux blend, the wine is made with 40% Cabernet Franc, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. This wine pours dark, dark purple in the glass. On both the nose and palate, it shows deep notes of juicy plum, blueberry, and cassis. There is also a light savory note and a touch of mint. The wine has good structure, with generous acidity and well-integrated tannins. A lovely, rich, yet versatile red, this could pair well with so many different dishes, and I think I’d like to have it with a serious burger. A- / $39

2019 Echolands Syrah – Made with 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier. The nose is gentle but complex, with plum, light green pepper, mushroom, and, with a little time, a touch of white pepper. The palate switches things up. There’s plum, but it takes a backseat to an earthy, savory, umami note. Gentle tannins provide a delightful, silky mouthfeel. Medium acidity and a medium-long finish complete the experience. The earthy notes were a surprise, and tasted blind, I might have guessed the wine’s origin was southern France. This wine would pair brilliantly with dishes like mushroom risotto or beef bourguignon. B+ / $40

2019 Echolands Syrah




Robert Lublin teaches whisk(e)y and wine appreciation classes for Arlington Community Education, near Boston, MA. He is also a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has published books and articles on Shakespeare as well as theatre and film history.

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