Wine of the Week

Pendulum 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Pendulum 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Pendulum 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation: Columbia Valley

A year ago, Wine Spectator, the world's leading wine publication, named this wine's older brother - the Pendulum 2016 Cab - as the No. 82 wine in the world. This latest bottling serves as a delicious encore. Pendulum is a brand owned by Seattle-based Precept Wine and produced in Walla Walla by John Freeman of Waterbrook fame. Freeman produces just two wines under this under-appreciated label, a Red Wine and the Cab. Some of the Columbia Valley's top vineyards factor into this, including Seven Hills, Shaw and Horse Heaven Hills sites Alder Ridge and The Benches. While labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon, there's a splash of Syrah (5%) inside, which helps explain the faint whiff of cured meat behind the nose of black cherry, milk chocolate and green tea. Inside, it's gushing with great fruit flavors of black cherry and blackcurrant, which are coated in milk chocolate. Blueberry juice adds structure to the suave tannins, and there is pleasing vanilla spice in the finish. This earned a gold medal at the Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, a scholarship fundraiser for Walla Walla Community College's winemaking program and staged in the classrooms of College Cellars. And the Pendulum 2016 Red Wine, a Cab-based blend, also earned a gold at the judging.

Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (14% alc.)

Price: $21

Cases produced: 9,077

Food pairings: Enjoy with hearty protein dishes such as braised pork shank or beef medallions.

There is no tasting room for the Pendulum lineup, but the wines can be found at Fred Meyer, Safeway and QFC markets in the Pacific Northwest.

-- Great Northwest Wine