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Seven Hills 2005 Syrah Walla Walla Valley

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What I Drank With Dinner (WIDWD)

During consecutive nights recently, we enjoyed two terrific Washington syrahs with our dinner. The first night's wine was a Columbia Valley syrah, which you can read more about in my previous post. On the second night, we opened a Seven Hills 2005 Syrah comprised of fruit from the Walla Walla Valley, a bottle I purchased for $28 during a visit to their tasting room last summer.

Seven Hills describes this wine as "truly a valley-wide blend, with grapes from cobble, hillside and terrace microclimates: Seven Hills, Morrison, Dwelley and Double River Ranch vineyards." After enjoying this valley blend with our dinner, I would recommend this wine to anyone wanting to enjoy an expression of Walla Walla Valley syrah.

We paired the Seven Hills 2005 Syrah with grilled beef tenderloin filets, a seasoned rice dish, and a frise salad with pecans and dried cranberries tossed in a light dressing of olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and shallots. On the eyes, the syrah was a beautiful garnet red color. On the nose, it offered modest red berry fruit such as cherry and raspberry, which became more expressive with time. There was also distinct notes of earth, with fennel and licorice present as well.

On the palate, this wine was well balanced, but initially a bit flat. At 13.8% alcohol, this is one of the lower octane syrahs available in Washington, as most exceed 14% if not 15% ABV. This syrah had nice acidity, making it very food friendly. I would definitely serve this again at my table and encourage you to give a try as well.

I also urge you to pay a visit to the Seven Hills Winery the next time you're in downtown Walla Walla. As I shared back in July, their tasting room provides strong connections to the people and places behind their wines. Their staff is well trained, the wines diverse, and the setting unique. Check them out the next time your in the valley.


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