By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.sevenofheartswine.com/
While so many Oregon wineries focus in on the grapes that they can grow well, there are a few that source fruit from neighboring Washington State to make some very interesting blends. This bottle of Seven Hills captures a common blend of Syrah and Grenache to make a very food-friendly wine.
- Cases Produced: 119
- Varietal Breakdown: 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
- Vineyards: 15 year old vines near Goldendale, WA
- Harvest Dates: September 27 – October 27, 2009
- Bottling Date: September 2010
- Cooperage: All 1-year or older French oak
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Price: $25
Nose: Nice aromas of “forest funk”, rhubarb, cedar and spice. I also get notes of white pepper, cherries, and cranberry.
Taste: Very nice overall dryness to this wine that I enjoy a lot – great acidity and enough tannin backbone that make it very enjoyable to me as well as food friendly. Good flavors of smoked-cherry, white pepper and rhubarb pie filling lead way into a nice splace of cedar shavings that linger nicely