Friday, January 13, 2012

Value Series: 2008 Seven Hills Winery Planing Mill Red

Wine: Planing Mill Red Wine
Producer: Seven Hills Winery
Vintage: 2008 Varietal(s): 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Malbec, 
7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc
RegionColumbia Valley
Barrels: American, French, European (30% new)
14.5% alcohol
Cost: $11-$15
Quality: 88-89 | Very Good

A dense dark plum color in the glass. A very alluring nose of dried cherries, baked fig tarts and hints of cedar. The palate is light on its feet, fruit forward showing dark cherries, red fruit and mulling spices. Everything is bright and balanced with a nice smooth finish. Ready for drinking now. Very Good.

Buzz: Seven Hills Winery should always be in the discussion among the top wineries in the state. Founder and winemaker Casey McClellan grew up as a fourth-generation farmer working with his father to plant the Seven Hills Vineyard; another of the states' best. Casey and winery focus on a more restrained use of oak, varietally and terroir focused wine. They've been doing it over 20 years working with the best vineyards the state has to offer. This Costco buy is an absolute no brainer. Good any night of the week with any food or alone. Enjoy. Recommended.

Availability: Local grocers. (Found mine at Costco)

Seven Hills Winery
Walla Walla, WA
Since 1988

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