Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tawse Winery 2006 Echos Red - $25

It wasn’t too long ago that I reviewed the Tawse Echos Red 2005, it was their first foray into the world of under $29 red and I was mighty impressed – both in the wine and the price point (if you know about Tawse you’ll know $25 does not appear on their price list often). Tawse released the ’05 as a restaurant exclusive but its popularity has grown and between the LCBO (buying for Vintages) and restaurants it sold out fairly quickly, thus prompting Tawse to bring out the ’06; and this time at the retail level … woohoo. A blend of Merlot (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), and Cabernet Franc (20%) this wine is even better than last year’s (surprising because of the rather wet conditions at harvest time). Vanilla, cinnamon, cherries, strawberries, rich ripe red fruit, good smooth tannins and ageability to spare, between 6-10 years. Tastes great now … even better later. The ’05 is now sold out – though it will be available in limited supply in the fall through Vintages … but get to the winery and try its big brother – this one rocks. And I know you’re all very proud of me for going a whole review without mentioning their high-priced tasting fees. I'm proud of me too - and proud of Tawse for coming out with this wine at this price.

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