Seven Hills Winery 2012 Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $30

By on February 26, 2015

seven-hills-winery-carmenere-2012-labelWhile some expressions of this once-lost Bordeaux variety lean towards the herbaceous spectrum, longtime Walla Walla Valley winemaker Casey McClellan crafted this blend from Minnick Hills and Morrison vineyards into an elegant, fruit-forward style. His use of 40 percent new French oak creates rich aromas of deep black cherry, Marionberry, cinnamon powder and black pepper. Its structure is beautiful with dark Bing cherry and blackberry flavors that are tethered together with suave tannins and juicy acidity. In the background are notes of minerality and a hint of bay leaf. Seven Hills Winery doesn’t bottle Carménère every year — this marks just the fourth time in the past 10 years — and McClellan suggests consuming this before the end of the decade.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 143 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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