2016 Seven Hills Merlot

Year: 2016
Appellation: Walla Walla
Country: USA - Washington
Vinous Media: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
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85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc

"(aged for 16 months in a blend of French, other European and American oak, 40% new; this is the inaugural release for this bottling): Bright dark red. Cherry, berries, mocha, tobacco leaf, menthol, licorice and herbs on the nose. Sweet, high-pitched flavors of cherry, red berries, spices, mint, flowers and wild herbs convey a juicy, savory quality and an impression of subtle intensity. Finishes with an earthy nuance and good persistence. There are 4,000 cases of this juice." (VM)

Winery Notes:
I am very pleased to introduce the premier vintage of Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Valley Merlot. Within Washington State, with its Merlot-friendly climate and soils, the Walla Walla Valley AVA occupies a very special place, with just the right amount of warmth and a generous variety of soil types and elevations, coupled with a decades- long tradition of growing great Merlot. With 30 years of experience as Merlot specialists, working with established, dedicated winegrowers, we've sourced this bottling from a selection of the sweet spots of Merlot terroir, in deep silt-loam soils at mid-elevations around the AVA. All the classic attributes we look for in Merlot are here: lush, ripe fruit, a balanced, succulent palate, and accessibility. We blend in a small amount of Cabernet Franc to accentuate floral notes and bring an intriguing undertone of tobacco and brown leaf.