Friday, May 2, 2014

Seven Hills 2011 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley

7 hillsFew wine regions excite us as much as Walla Walla, Washington. In addition to the coolness of just saying it long and slow, the wine there is a joy to savor – and the prices are easy to swallow too.

At a recent gathering at the home of Glorious T and the Cabinator, we were treated to the bottle from Seven Hills. It is a blend of 76% Petit Verdot, 17% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon.

No matter your dietary restrictions or environmental orientation, you’ll like this wine. It is vegan and 100% LIVE Certified Sustainable. None of that would matter if the wine wasn’t delicious – but it certainly is.

This is a lush wine that still has structure, rippling with blueberry, spice and plum. There’s a slight floral hint and notes of chocolate. A sip is like standing under a refreshing waterfall of flavor! The finish is long and polished.

It is a low production wine with only 171 cases produced. The wine aged for 19 months in French Oak, but Seven Hills Petit Verdot is not overly tannic.

Seven Hills was founded in 1988. Founder and winemaker Casey McClellan is a fourth generation farmer who planted the Seven Hills vineyard with his father. It is one of the oldest and most respected wineries in the region.

The 2011 Petite Verdot is a wonderful bottle at a MSRP of $35. It packs a punch of awesomeness that’s worth at least twice that.

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Rating: 4 of 5  Value: 3.5 of 5

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