Seven Falls Cellars 2015 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $18

By on November 19, 2019

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Doug Gore launched this brand with the 2010 vintage, and Seven Falls Cellars is now led by winemaker Reid Klei, a biology graduate of Eastern Washington University who grew up in the Tri-Cities. His Merlot off the warm Wahluke Slope from the historically hot 2015 vintage opens with plum, red currant, leafy green herbs and vanilla bean. The palate is ripe and rich with those same black fruit tones that come swaddled in mocha, toasted oak, and vanilla, all backed by ample tannins. Suggested pairings include salmon, hearty pastas and grilled flank steak with peppercorns. This earned a gold medal at the 2019 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 5,000 cases

Alcohol: 15.5%

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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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