Robert Delf thoughtfully sources from some of Washington’s top sites, and in this case, he’s pulls Carménère from historic Seven Hills Vineyard on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley. Thanks in part to the Figgins family, this Bordeaux grape, once thought to be extinct, was established at Seven Hills Vineyard in 1998. There are now more than 5 acres planted, and Delf’s work with the wine reflected in by these three barrels of Carm is remarkable and fascinating. First whiff brings in hints of pink peppercorns, red bell pepper and dark red fruit along with lime zest and brick dust. Inside is a delicious delivery of Bing cherry, cola and blackberry with sandy tannins akin to blueberry seed that lead to a finish that’s bright and jazzy.
Rating: Outstanding! — 92 points
Production: 70 cases