2016 Seven Hills Walla Walla Merlot

SKU #1390603 91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Starting with the 2016 Merlot Walla Walla Valley (there's 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc), it offers a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of blueberries, plums, spicy wood, and leafy herbs. It's juicy, medium-bodied, balanced, and a smoking value.  (4/2019)

90 points James Suckling

 Ripe spiced plums and blackberries with bright violets and vanilla, leading to a palate that has a mid-weight feel and bright, easy tannins. Nice bright and easy style. Drink now.  (5/2018)


 (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. (ST)  (11/2018)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc. 16 months, 40% new oak, primarily French. Winemaker Casey McClellan and his father planted the old blocks of Seven Hills Vineyard in 1980. Seven Hills Winery was established in 1988 as the fifth winery in Walla Walla Valley, shaped the varietal focus of the appellation. Currently certified by LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) and Salmon Safe."

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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 (%): 14.1