The Elephant Seven Wine Co. 2014 First and Mercer Grenache, Walla Walla Valley, $30

By on January 7, 2017

The Walla Walla Valley focus by this young brand for this Grenache-based wine centers on The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater, specifically on young and diminutive Monette’s Vineyard – farmed by Mark and Monette Hoffmeister. There’s also the influence River Rock Vineyard, which contributes Syrah (15%) to the end product. Ripeness wasn’t issue in 2014. That’s evident with the dark red fruit tones of cherry cordial, raspberry, cola and licorice. The structure is quite rich, backed by juicy cranberry acidity, baking spices, vanilla extract and a long finish of blackberry. As an example of Rhône varieties from The Rocks and considering the cult producers who source from this fascinating AVA, this tribute to Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood can be viewed as a bargain.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 98 cases

Alcohol: 15.6%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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  1. Pingback: The Elephant Seven Wine Co. 2014 River Rock Vineyard Telegram Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $35 - Great Northwest Wine

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