Seven Hills Winery 2012 McClellan Estate Vineyard Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley, $35

By on February 16, 2015

seven-hills-winery-petit-verdot-nv-bottlePetit Verdot is one of the minor Bordeaux gems that grower/winemaker Casey McClellan established at his certified sustainable vineyard in 2003, and his choice to have it fan-trained with three trunks per plant has paid beautiful dividends. Seven Hills Winery ranked among the first in the Northwest to showcase it in a single-variety bottling, yet it also plays an integral role in the Meritage-style Pentad. This latest release brings lovely ripe purple fruit aromas and vanilla extract with floral notes of lavender and lilac. Blackberry and black currants lead the dense flavor profile, supported by pomegranate acidity and blueberry skin tannins, which are capped by fresh cedar and more vanilla. A bit more time in the cellar will allow this to develop more completely. Sale of this wine is limited to their tasting room in downtown Walla Walla adjacent to Whitehouse-Crawford — one of the top wine country restaurants in the state. And McClellan notes  all of his wines made since the 2000 vintage are vegan-friendly.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 248 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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