Review: Planing Mill Red Columbia Valley 2008
|2008 Planing Mill Columbia Valley Red Wine.|
Planing Mill is a second label for Seven Hills Winery. Established in 1988, Seven Hills Winery is one of Walla Walla Valley's oldest wineries. Casey McClellan is the founder, winemaker and a fourth generation farmer.
How was the wine? On day one this wine reminded me of a young Syrah. It drank young, clear ruby color, bright with dark fruit, violets and spice. By day two, the 2008 Planing Mill Red, was much broader. The young Syrah characteristics gave way to what I would describe as Malbec in character with dark color, a nose of violets, currant, cinnamon, tar, oak, and blueberry. On the palate was dark fruit, pips, med tannins, currant, still young, fresh and bright, yummmm...chocolate on the bigger finish. The finish was quite gorgeous. Drink this wine over the next three years. I suggest decanting before drinking. Recommended.
Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Malbec, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc.
Appellations: Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Wahluke Slope.
Production: 1500 cases
Bottled May 2011
Price at Costco: $10.99