Waterbrook and Pendulum’s red blends among Snooth’s Top 10!

Fantastic red blends under $20 shows a WA dominant list

Snooth.comGregory Dal Paz

Gregory Dal Paz of Snooth published his top 10 roundup of best red blends under $20, calling out four Washington wineries. From Precept Wine’s portfolio, both Waterbrook 2010 Melange Red and the 2010 Pendulum Red Blend were lauded. With so much choice from all around the world, this listing underscores the quality of wine and extreme value coming from Washington State!

2010 Pendulum Red Blend-
Sweet and brambly on the nose with scents of wild blackberries, fresh herbs, twizzlers and some spiced cranberry jelly. Focused, taut and vibrant in the mouth, this has lovely freshening acidity and pliant tannins that support rich, fresh and lively red currant and slightly jammy strawberry fruit in the mouth. The fruit shows good transparency, picking up herbal nuances, chocolate, and soft red cherry fruit on the back end before returning a rather vivid red currant-and-herb-laced finish that reveals a finely judged underlay of raw oak on the long, succulent finish. Dry, fresh, delicious and an excellent value. 89pts

2010 Waterbrook Melange Red –
Spicy on the nose with early hints of fennel and bitter chocolate being joined by a bit of char, some fresh herb notes, black currants and lots of toasty oak. This enters the mouth with classic medium-bodied balance. A bit tight at the moment, with lovely balance between the slightly herbal and savory, almost leathery fruit that’s sprinkled with a touch of peppery spice and the gentle black currant and plum fruit. The texture is smooth and held together well by the polished tannins and adequate acidity. Chocolate and herbs pop on the back end and linger on the finish along with wild black cherry jam that sits just beneath some spicy oak shavings.  87pts

Read the full lineup at: http://www.snooth.com

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