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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2003
Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2003
(search item no. 92610)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

83% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, sourced primarily from the esteemed old blocks of Seven Hills Vineyard.

A ripe, food-friendly Merlot exhibitng a broad array of flavors and aromas - toffee, violets, herb and vanilla accent ripe red and black fruit, with generous depth and length.

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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.