Monday, May 26, 2014

Pendulum Columbia Valley Red Wine 2011

Precept Wine is the largest privately owned wine business in the Northwest, owning vineyards and wineries in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  Precept controls all aspects of their wines from vineyard to wine making to marketing.  Some of the wines are names you recognize, some are not.  Several of their wines are "winery direct" wines at Total Wines and More.  Pendulum is a smaller production wine but it has been honored by Wine and Spirits (93 points and a best buy) and by Wine Spectator (90 points).

2011 Pendulum Columbia Valley Red Wine is comprised of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Syrah and 3 % Temperanillo.  The 2012 Vintage has just been bottled and it has a different blend of grapes.  The 2011 version is aged in a mix of French and American oak and has 13.3% A.C.

The bottle says the wine has flavors of berry, chocolate and spice.  I do not taste the chocolate but you might.  I find the taste to be intense and complex but also smooth.  This is a great wine and you can enjoy it with steak or red sauces.  Online, you can buy this for $16 to $18.  I found it at Costco for $12.99.  If you give it a try, you will be well rewarded.

SC Wine Joe rating = 90