Wine Wednesday: Pendulum Red Blend ($20)

The 2013 Pendulum Red Blend - red wine - The GrapeThis Week In Red Wine: Pendulum Red Blend ($20)

“A soft leafiness plays through this wine from its first seconds in the glass to its long delicate finish. It needs a day of air before the sumptuous oak accents begin to recede, revealing a feathery structure and persistent flavors given focus by the cool vintage. Pretty as it is, it’s a wine to cellar, or to decant for lamb chops.” – Wine&Spirits


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal (2013 – 2016)

Wine & Spirits – 93 Points (2011)

Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points (2012), 89 Points (2013)

Wine Spectator – 90 Points (2011)

Best Red Wines Under $20 – (2016)


Wine Review

The grapes selected for the 2011 Pendulum Red wine came from some of the best vineyards in the Columbia Valley wine region. The blend is a mixture of Rhone and Bordeaux red grape varietals.

The highly acclaimed 2011 Pendulum Red wine displays foxy grape-laden aromas and flavors. Enjoy elements of spices, raspberry and plum with sweet tobacco leaf. The mid-palate showcases leathery notes and finishes with lingering toffee, toasty vanilla and oak. Wine Enthusiast described the 2011 Pendulum Red wine as follows, “it’s a bit of a tale of two wines with aromas of plum, ash and green herbs somewhat at odds with the palate’s pleasing freshness, polish, and texture.”

“Pretty as it is, it’s a wine to cellar, or to decant for lamb chops.” – Wine&Spirits

Save for another year or drink tonight – this wine will continue to evolve for a couple more years. Enjoy with the following dishes: lamb with garlic and herbs, TheGrape’s cheesy potato sausage casserole, or chicken with Puebla-style mole sauce. As for our vegan and vegetarian lovers, enjoy the fresh chickpea pappardelle with buttered chanterelles.


Wine Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

Wine Grapes: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 3% Tempranillo

Style: Full-bodied, Complex & Velvety

Drinks Like: 2011 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($30), 2011 Fielding Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Wahluke Slope Riverbend Vineyard ($42)


Food & Wine Pairings: Cheesy Potato Sausage Casserole – Click To View Recipes

Cheesy Potato & Sausage Casserole With Wine - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes: Rack of Lamb with Garlic and HerbsChicken with Puebla-Style Mole Sauce or Fresh Chickpea Pappardelle with Buttered Chanterelles.

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the food and wine recipe & red blend wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!

The Pendulum Swings!
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Grape Certified Gold

The 2011 Pendulum Red blend is a complex mixture of aromas and flavors. The aromas seem reminiscent of concord grapes mixed with fruit-forward flavors of plum, black currant and ripe cherry. Undertones of dried herbs, sweet vanilla and caramelized candy, linger on the finish. Enjoy a rich red wine with good acidity and chewy tannins. This Grape Certified Gold wine is amazing alone and even better with food – buy a bottle or two tonight!

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