Seven Hills' Reserve comes from the oldest vines in the vineyard, which were planted in the early 1980s and are among the oldest bearing Merlot vines in the region. Its soft tannins and ripe black cherry fruit make it accessible even at this young age. It was aged in 100% new French oak, though not so much as to dominate the elegant fruit—just enough to put a nice toasty frame around the picture.
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.