Red Wines    Merlot    Central Coast    California   
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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Echelon Merlot 2002
Echelon Merlot 2002
(search item no. 81740)

PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The flavor profile is classical, with the Merlot giving the red berry freshness and a hint of herbs, while the Cabernet pulls it together with a darker plum-like fruit and the typical cedar. Like all the Echelon wines, the oak flavors are in the background, with the fruit flavors occupying the foreground. Merlot has the structure to stand up to almost any food. It has enough tannins to pair well with meats such as lamb or duck, and is delicate enough to serve with pasta dishes.

-Larry Brooks, Consulting Winemaker

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About Echelon Vineyards:

Combining the best fruit from friends’ and neighbors’ vineyards, Echelon produces serious wines for everyday drinking. To obtain this exceptional fruit, Echelon pioneered the development of long-term contracts with growers in emerging regions, including areas within California’s Central Coast and the Clarksburg appellation’s Esperanza Vineyard. Echelon’s winery is located in San Miguel, in the heart of the Central Coast, near many of its vineyard sources. This state-of-the-art facility enables Echelon to take advantage of the latest technology throughout the winemaking process.

Echelon’s superb grapes and gentle winemaking result in fresh, fruit-forward wines. Beautifully balanced and pleasingly complex, these impressive premium wines are easy on the palate and the budget.