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.
Also, here is an interesting read about wine and robots.
Just recently, Washington State added a new member to its AVA family. Naches Heights was officially recognized as an AVA on January 13, 2012. It is now the 12th AVA within the state. A sub-appellation of the large Columbia Valley AVA, Naches Heights is located in Yakima County, and encompasses an area of 13,254 acres with 105 planted with vines, including 37 acres currently bearing fruit. The elevation ranges from 1,200 to 2,100 feet, and growers believe that the land that the AVA sits on is quite unique and will give the wines a character that will stand out amongst wines from other growing regions in the state. One very cool fact about Naches Heights is that all of the acres that have been planted are sustainably farmed. There is also a very diverse array of varietals being grown in the appellation. For example, Wilridge Vineyard, which is the largest in the AVA at 10 fruit bearing acres, grows varietals such as Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, and Souzao. Growing in Naches Heights vineyard is Albarino, which is known for making great wines in Spain. Along with the Albarino are varietals such as Syrah and Riesling. There is a great article in Washington Tasting Room, which points out all the great attributes and other stats of the new AVA. Certainly seems like a great place to plan on visiting soon.
Also in the news…
Robert Parker sometimes even scares himself by all the influence he has.
The Californiawine market is experiencing a structural shortage, which may not balance out for years.
And according to recent figures, 22% of the global wine market is Italian.
All for now…
This past Thursday, I took a day trip to Walla Walla, WA. Walla Walla has quickly gained a reputation for churning out some excellent, world class wines, so I decided to take the 2 hour journey from Pullman, WA to try them out myself. Now the Walla Walla AVA is located in southeastern Washington State within the large Columbia Valley AVA, and also encompasses a small part of northeast Oregon. This area was granted AVA status in 1984 and at that time in the mid 1980’s, there was only about 60 acres of planted grapes and 6 wineries. Well, these numbers have exploded in recent years to over 100 wineries and 1,600 acres of grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah are the most planted varietals, with an abundance of others planted in smaller quantities. There is a very distinctive, unique terroir in the wines made here, and they definitely stand out when compared to wines from other regions. The town itself is a vibrant community, with a great downtown dotted with tasting rooms. While I was there, I only had time to visit a handful of wineries, but I was impressed none the less. Most all of the wines were outstanding and among the wineries visited, I decided to write reviews on Seven Hills, Lodmell Cellars, Spring Valley Vineyard, and Golden Ridge Vineyards. Instead of writing one long endless post, I thought I would break it up into separate entries, so each winery gets its own review. Walla Walla is definitely a must visit when it comes to wine country, and I plan on making the journey again soon.
Stay tuned for more…