93pts Wine & Spirits
Seven Hills winery makes such classic Walla Walla wines that it’s tempting to say they invented the style; they have, without question, served as a standard bearer. That style combines savory elements, like tobacco, tanbark, cedar and sundried tomato, enveloping a dark-fruited core. You can feel the force of its texture, with a pleasing grip that owes as much to its acids as its tannin. For a braised beef dish, like daube. Best Buy
Garnet in color opening with aromas of black cherries, anise, cocoa powder, baking spices, cordial, with hints for fresh herbs and wet earth. Medium body wine with lush texture, firm tannins and balanced acidity shows flavors of dried cherries, raspberry, dark chocolate, cinnamon stick, and vanilla bean with a touch of dried herbs. Peak drinking within 3-5 years from vintage date but will age nicely up to 10 years.
Pairs well with heavy dishes like rib eye or beef bourguignon or mushroom gratin.