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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Merlot 2009
Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Merlot 2009
(search item no. 111419)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit for this Merlot bottling is selected from several premium sites and sub appellations of the Columbia Valley making it a true expression of Washington State Merlot. The wine has beautiful balance with great color and structure. Aromas of blackberry and ripe, red fruits with a delicate oak notes open the wine. On the palate abundant, warm fruit, toffee and baking spice flow into the lingering yet vibrant finish. This wine is delicious upon release and will continue to drink well 2 -4 years from vintage date.
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About Seven Hills Winery:

The McClellan family has farmed in Eastern Washington since 1880. One hundred years later, in 1980, Casey McClellan and his father Jim began planting the now famous Seven Hills Vineyard at the south end of the Walla Walla Valley. After then earning his Master’s degree in Enology from UC Davis, Casey returned to Walla Walla with his wife Vicky to found Seven Hills Winery, the fifth winery in the Walla Walla Valley, in 1988. Casey remains Seven Hills’ sole winemaker to this day.

Seven Hills Vineyard is now regarded as one of the “ten most important vineyards in the world” by Wine & Spirits Magazine. In addition to Seven Hills Vineyard, Casey crafts wines from several of the best, old vine vineyards in Walla Walla and on Red Mountain, including Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, and McClellan Estate.

Casey’ focus has always been on Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietal reds, complimented by limited production of Alsatian varietal white wines. His vision is to produce wines that reflect the terroir of these sites with intense structure and pure varietal fruit character capable of graceful ageing.