2003 Echelon Central Coast Shiraz

Price: $6.52 @ BevMo (retails at $12.99 a bottle)

What They Said:

Per the winery “The grapes for our Echelon 2003 Shiraz were carefully harvested at night to preserve the freshness of the fruit. After destemming, the fruit was fermented for 9 days in stainless steel, followed by 12 days of skin contact. The wine was racked three times before being transferred into small oak barrels, where it was aged for 12 months, then filtered and bottled.

Our 2003 Shiraz is medium garnet in color, with luscious aromas of dark cherry, blueberries, jam and oak. The wine is medium- to full-bodied, with big, soft tannins on the palate; and mouthfilling, with a long, luscious finish. It is a ripe, deep wine that is very enjoyable upon release, but will also cellar well for several years. Pair it with pizza, pasta and red meats.”

What I Think:

Not that I know him or have done any analytics around this but when Wilfred Wong, of BevMo, rated this as low as 86 I should have sensed trouble. I think he likes wine even more than I do.  Couple that with the fact that when I was opening it I thought it was Syrah and the grounds were definitely set for getting off on the wrong foot. This wine lacked anything distinguishing. What I mean by these wines is that there is usually a short fruit blast before it fades to tannins or flavors closely resembling them. As I still have another bottle of this one I (5c sale) I am hoping for a surprise next time around. As this is the first bad experience I have had with Echelon wines and even on to Chalone wines I’ll remain optimistic until then.

Rating: Skip It

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