Included is a portion (10%) of Seven Hills Merlot; it's a wine that opens up immediately with pretty fruit and floral scents, some spicy highlights, and an intriguing darker streak. There's toasted grain character that comes from the vines, not the barrels, explains winemaker Rich Funk. The wine is supple and balanced, and the bright berry and cassis flavors are nicely counterpointed with streaks of toast, caramel and chocolate.
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: email@example.com.