Beginning with a distinctive vineyard site in Echo, Oregon, (elevated high above the Umatilla River to the east and Alkali Canyon to the west), as well as an uncompromising commitment to hands-on, cutting-edge farming practices, Kim and Jay Bales now farm a total of 60 estate acres at their own Firethorn Vineyard. Echo Ridge Cellars’ award-winning winemaker and viticulturist, Billo Naravane MW, leans on the highly sought-after Trillium, Sunset, Riverview and Lookout blocks for their wine program. Their wines reflect the distinctive terroir of their estate vineyard sites and are the result of strict selection and purpose.
This wine is a beautiful balance of delicate finesse and high density flavors. The nose is full of black currants, blueberries and violets with light nuances of truffles and cigar tobacco. The palate is structured beautifully with crisp acidity and silky tannin and gives flavors of black currant, huckleberry, truffle, forest floor, violets, rose petal, gravel and cigar tobacco. This wine is ready to drink now, but properly cellared should hit maturity in 6-8 years and provide excellent drinking for approximately 15+ years.
Pair it With:
Cabernet Franc can pair with a wide variety of foods due to its natural high acidity and slightly reduced tannin. Higher acidity makes it great with tomato-based dishes, vinegar-based sauces (smoky barbecue) or rich veggies like black beluga lentils.
100% Cabernet Franc
30 months in 40% new French oak and 60% neutral French oak