2010 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Merlot
*Editors' Choice* This is a terrific Merlot, offering structure and balance (hallmarks of all Seven Hills wines) along with rich fruits, accented with earth and herb. There is lovely density and texture at work here, plenty of black cherry fruit, and a gentle hint of composted earth.
This spicy, peppery style weaves a tomato leaf note through the dark berry and licorice flavors. Not weighty, exhibiting a lively feel to the finish. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2013)
Fruit for this Seven HIlls Merlot is sourced from several sub-appelltions of Columbia Valley. It keeps a keen eye on the expression of the varietal in Washington State with balanced acidity and tannins and good overall structure. Red cherry and currant introduce themselves on the nose with a touch of vanilla and reverberate on the palate with baking spices, chocolate, and raspberry to lead into a bright finish. The 2009 vintage garnered 91 points from Wine Spectator.