2010 Echo Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

Hello friends. We have a compelling tariff today on a great single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that normally retails for $65. And I can’t really take the credit for this one. The credit goes to you. Or at least, some of you.

Our list has something of a virtuous cycle going on when it comes to Washington wineries. Many of you buy Washington wines from Full Pull, try them, love them, and then visit those wineries when you travel to places like Walla Walla. And then you’re apparently a vocal bunch, frequently mentioning to the winemakers with whom you interact that it was Full Pull where you were first introduced to their winery.

I can’t tell you how much this has helped strengthen our relationships with those wineries. It’s strengthened because a) our winery partners see what knowledgeable, jovial, all-around-above-average folks populate our list, and they like selling wine to folks like you; and b) they see that, in addition to the sales they get from Full Pull, they’re also getting a fringe marketing benefit.

And then those wineries *want* to offer our members special opportunities. Like today’s Cabernet.

The folks at Echo Ridge were really thrilled with our list’s response to our first offer for their wine (2010 Syrah, back in May 2013), and as a thank-you, they’re offering this fine tariff on their Cabernet. It has already received praise from Tanzer (recall that a 92pt review from the points-reticent Tanzer is a fine review indeed):

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”

Do you remember the Echo Ridge Vineyard story? The site wasn’t always called that. It used to be called Flying B Vineyard, and it was an estate site owned by none other than Drew Bledsoe. He purchased the land in 2003 and planted the vineyard in 2006. As Doubleback was becoming closer to a reality, the focus became the Walla Walla Valley, and so they sold Flying B sometime in late 2010/early 2011 to Jay and Kim Bales, who renamed it Echo Ridge (it’s just outside of the town of Echo, on the Oregon side of the Columbia Valley [see location here]). For such young vines, the intensity of the fruit is outstanding, and this is a fascinating, underexplored part of the (waaaaaaay) south Columbia Valley.

And the winemaker happens to be one Billo Naravane, whose Rasa Vineyards wines are as hot as hot can be right now. This is a terrific opportunity to taste Billo’s tasteful winemaking style through the prism of a completely different Cabernet vineyard. What he has created is a total old-world/new-world bridge wine, so it’s not surprising that Tanzer was seduced. This is a true four corners Cab, with elements of fruit (redcurrant), earth (a real crushed gravel character), savory/herbal (beetroot, mint), and barrel (espresso, mocha). This is so far away from a crème de cassis fruit-bomb Cabernet. Instead it dazzles with its insistent earthiness, its polished texture (as usual, Billo is on point when it comes to tannin management), its nervy energy.

I agree with Tanzer that this combination of buoyancy and intensity is truly remarkable for vines this young. Echo Ridge is a vineyard with incredible potential, and this is a chance to be there at the beginning. First come first served up to 24 bottles, and the wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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