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 has an extremely captivating nose of cassis, gravel, forest floor, blackberry, vanilla, graphite, blueberry and grilled herbs. The palate offers serious depth and complexity: cassis, graphite, gravel, blackberry, violets, hints of Asian spice, grilled herbs, espresso and vanilla. On the palate the wine is rich and refined. This is a serious, precisely crafted wine. It is exquisitely balanced with luxurious tannins and a fantastically long finish.
Pair it With:
The noticeable tannins make this blend an excellent choice to match with steak and other red mets. Keep your seasoning simple and stick to salt and pepper, let this wine be the dominant flavor you’re enjoying.
52% Cabernet Sauvignon
17% Cabernet Franc
9% Petit Verdot
20 months in 70% new French oak and 30% neutral French oak followed by 12 months in bottle before release