2016 Écluse Ensemble ($48)
This Bordeaux red blend from Écluse in Paso Robles is truly an ensemble of varietals. It’s produced from 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cab Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, 14% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 7% Carignane. A little bit of everything!
And the result is quite tasty. It has bright red fruit flavors such as cherry but also has hints of pepper, licorice and other spices.
Écluse has masterfully blended this wine to be big in flavor and smooth on the finish.
If you’re passing through Paso Robles on Highway 101, Écluse is just a couple of minutes away and well worth the stop. And, you’re likely to find the warm and friendly owner Steve Lock (Lock is Écluse in French) in the serving room.
This is a really good one! Cheers!