Seven Falls Rapids Red
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything on this blog. Life and other stuff has gotten in the way, but I thought it was time to start up again. I was looking for a new wine to try recently, and I decided to give Seven Falls Cellars a go. I chose their 2014 Rapids Red, which is an interesting red blend of 68% Syrah, 23% Merlot, and 9% Cinsault. The grapes used in this wine are sourced from the Wahluke Slope AVA in Washington State.
About the Wine:
This wine has a deep purple color with a dark ruby rim. It has aromas of ripe black cherry and blackberry, along with a hint of spice. On the palate it is full bodied and has a good balance of tannins and acids. It was aged in a combination of new and neutral oak for just the right touch and is not overwhelming. The alcohol at 14.5% contributes to the body of the wine and overall it is full flavored and well balanced.
Seven Falls is a product of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, and is produced in Paterson, WA. Ste. Michelle is the largest wine producer in the Pacific Northwest, and has a good reputation for producing quality wines. Along with the Rapids Red, Seven Falls also has several other varietal wines, including a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Viognier among others.
About the Region:
The Wahluke Slope AVA is located in central Washington State, bordered by the Columbia River to the West and the Hanford Reach National Monument to the East. There are 20 vineyards within the AVA and nearly 8,500 planted acres of vines. The sandy soils, varied elevations and proximity to the Columbia River make it ideal for viticulture. It is primarily known for red grape varietals, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and others.
I would definitely recommend this wine, and I look forward to trying other wines by Seven Falls.
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