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2008 Pendulum, Red Blend, Columbia Valley


I have drunk a few bottles of the 2006 Pendulum, Red Wine over the course of my Seattle visits.  Priced around $16-$18 it was a tasty, easy to drink, somewhat alcoholic wine that drank well out of hotel tumblers.  Last night I saw the 2008 vintage so I grabbed a bottle to try.  This wine is $16 at Whole Foods and $14 at Pete’s Wine.  Pendulum is just one of several dozen brands produced by Precept Wine.  I suspect the size of the company allows them to produce this tasty bottle of wine at a very competitive price point.  This is definitely worth a go.

2008 Pendulum, Red Blend, Columbia Valley
This is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec sourced from Canoe Ridge, Willard, Oasis, and Hyatt vineyards.  It was aged for 32 months in 25% new American oak and 75% second and third use oak.  This was more approachable than the 2006 with less alcohol.  This medium+ bodied wine has flavors of black cherry, blackberry, licorice notes, and some herbs.  The acidity is towards the back of the mouth with some tannins developing on the finish.  There are dark flavors in the aftertaste.  There is a soft, vanilla consistency throughout the wine, that while overtly from the barrels, is still harmonious with the rest of the wine. *** Now-2015.

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  1. March 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

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