Walla Walla rising with reds

By on March 13, 2018

Marshall Davis Wines 2015 Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $36

This band of brothers — Matt Marshall, Ryan Marshall and Sean Davis — established their vineyard and brand in 2011 in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area. They sought to offer their fans more than Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their 6-acre vineyard, so Davis began making big reds from stellar sites such as acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard. Alluring toasted oak aromas wave in dark cherry, black currant, bittersweet chocolate and a spring of mint. It’s deliciously bright on the palate as huckleberry and cassis lead into firm yet nicely managed tannins, held up by a lingering chocolaty finish. These wines are available through distributors such as Hayden Beverage in Idaho and Consulon in Oregon, but their wines are available to be tasted at their family’s lively “wine pub” in downtown Carlton, the Horse Radish. Locals know it simply as the “The Ho Rad.”

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 175 cases

Alcohol: 15.6%

Winery website

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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