More delicious wine from the Wahluke Slope, the Seven Falls Rapids Red.
59% Syrah, 35% Merlot and 6% Cinsaut from the Mrachek, King Fuji, Jones, TC and Mattawa vineyards in the Wahluke Slope of the Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine was aged in a combination of new and neutral oak, 51% French and 47% American, for 13-16 months.
Sample submitted for review. The Seven Falls Rapids Red has an SRP of $18 and is available for as low as $13.
Seven Falls Cellars was inspired by a series of seven waterfalls that once flowed along the Columbia River through what is now known as the Wahluke Slope. As one of the warmest and driest climates in Washington state, the terroir in this historical region is perfect for creating rich, smooth wines with outstanding structure.
As we discussed when we reviewed the Seven Falls Merlot, the Wahluke Slope is a special spot within the larger Columbia Valley region. Today's red blend put the varieties grown there to very good use, including Cinsaut which we haven't seen much of in Washington previously.
The 2016 Seven Falls Rapids Red opens with pleasing aromas of raspberry and dusty dark berry fruits along with a little graphite and spice. The wine has a good bit of oak influence when first opened but the savory notes start to take over after a couple hours in the glass. Dark berries, plum, nice spice notes, a little anise and touches of coffee and chocolate all present themselves. We weren't too sure about this one at first sip but it's quite a pleasing blend once it opens up. It ends with a dry, savory and long finish.
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