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Review: Planing Mill Red Columbia Valley 2008

2008 Planing Mill Columbia Valley Red Wine.
My teenage son is drinking a lot of milk. So much so, that I find it most economical to purchase milk at Costco. At Costco two gallons costs almost $5, so at less than $2.50 per gallon, that's where I go. It just so happens that eggs, cheese and milk are located next to the wine section of the store. It is nearly impossible for me not to browse for wine when I'm on a milk run. This week was no exception, I could not pass on a bottle of 2008 Planning Mill Red, especially at the price of $10.99.

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.

Release Info:
Blend:  65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7%  Malbec, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc.
Appellations: Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Wahluke Slope.
ABV 14.5%
Production: 1500 cases
Bottled May 2011
Closure: Screwcap
Price at Costco: $10.99

www.sevenhillswinery.com

Cheers!

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