2012 Seven Hills Walla Walla Valley Malbec (Previously $35)

SKU #1308302 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* This 100% varietal wine hails from McClellan Estate and Minnick Hills vineyards. Notes of plum, licorice and fresh herbs partner with barrel spices that include chocolate and clove. It's soft and supple in feel, showing impressive flavor intensity while still retaining deftness of expression.  (5/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Scents of violets and lilac lend some complexity to a dark core of purple fruit. The flavors are generous, dense and chewy, with exceptionally fine tannins. The mildly peppery bite in the finish calls for a pepper steak.  (10/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Lithe, with density to the cherry and raspberry fruit, picking up floral and mineral notes as the finish persists against nubby tannins. Has depth and length. Drink now through 2020. 440 cases made.  (6/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Similarly styled, with a rich and rounded profile, the 2012 Malbec offers ample black raspberry, black currant, toast and earth in its medium to full-bodied, layered, ripe and forward profile. Aged 16 months in 30% new Russian and Hungarian oak, it’s a solid example of the variety from Washington State and has lots to like. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years. Made by Casey McClellan, these are superb, classically styled wines that are more than reasonable priced. His 2011s are quite strong here and while it wasn’t able to taste many of his 2012s, they appear to be a step up. (JD)  (6/2014)

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8