Seven Hills is a favored vineyard, and this is a step up from L'Ecole's Walla Walla and Columbia Merlots. There's more fruit, more concentration, more firm flesh, and the wine has an aura of power about it. Yet there's finesse as well, in the soft, spicy nose, and in the smooth, seamless way the wine fills the mouth with ripe flavor.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.