From the bottle
'Dark, rich and dashingly tasty, this Merlot hails from the Central Valley region....Soft and dry with hints of ripe plums, black cherries and blueberries... perfect when paired with lamb or beef dishes'
Price £6.99 (Available from Tesco, Martin McColl, Morrisons)
Echo Falls is undoubtedly one of the big brands in mass market wine, and so they are obviously doing something right, but I always feel that I am left somewhat disappointed after a glass. They just don't quite hit the spot in the same way as say another California wine label - Blossom Hill and this Merlot was no exception.
Whilst on the nose there were indeed aromas of cherry, plums and blackcurrant the taste was just meh. In addition to that, there was a distinct unpleasant after-taste, a bit chemically. I did notice that when I went back to finish the bottle the next day i.e. the wine had time to oxidise or aerate, that this taste had disappeared somewhat. This leads me to believe then that this bottle has too many added sulphites.
Rating - Wouldn't turn down a free glass.
From the Bottle
Expertly blended from the juiciest grapes of California's sun drenched vineyards. This soft., mellow red is bursting with berry flavours, delivering a smooth, fruity finish.
Price £4.99 (Available from Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons)
Blossom Hill is definitely not a brand that the wine buffs will ever talk about, but for the ordinary drinker, I think they are pretty damn good. They have made their name on producing very easy drinking, affordable, every day wines and this light bodied, smooth red is exactly that. This blend of Barbera, Carignan and Ruby Cabernet grapes, results in ripe berry aromas emanating from the glass. The taste lives up to the smell with the contents of the bottle exactly matching the label 'soft and fruity'. Ideal for those who like their tipple slightly sweet, cheap and cheerful., which is basically me.
Rating - Stop what you are doing and empty the shelves.