Within Washington State, with its Merlot-friendly climate and soils, the Walla Walla Valley AVA occupies a very special place, with just the right amount of warmth and a generous variety of soil types and elevations, coupled with a decades’ long tradition of growing world-class Merlot. Seven Hills have utilised their 30 years’ experience as Merlot specialists to source this bottling from a selection of the best terroirs around the AVA, in deep silt-loam soils at mid-elevations. Open top fermented and aged in 40% new French, American and Russian barrels for 16 months, the resulting wine opens with aromatics of chocolate-covered raspberries, black cardamom, blackberries, and fresh herbs. A medium-bodied wine with flavours of raspberry coulis, fresh cherries, tea leaf and raw sugar, it has a nice length and gentle tannins finishing with cinnamon stick and semi-sweet chocolate. This wine is perfect for pairing with grilled waygu beef hamburgers, portabella mushroom with gouda or white cheddar cheese and grilled onions.