Wine Press NW: Platinum Judging

Both the 2013 GSM plus C and the 2013 Tradition score Double Platinum in the 2016 Platinum Judging! See the full article here.

Seven of Hearts 2013 Tradition, Columbia Valley •  $25 Many wine lovers are used to the fat red blends from our hottest Northwest growing regions, such as the Red Mountain AVA. This Merlot-based red from Byron Dooley in Carlton, Ore., is a leaner, cool-climate style. It shows off aromas and flavors of rose petal, white pepper and black pepper, plus blackberry fruit and just a touch of blueberry with nicely managed tannins. It’s capped by what one judge described as a “fabulous finish.” (273 cases, 14.1% alc.) Award: Seattle Wine Awards (gold).

Seven of Hearts 2013 GSM Plus C, Columbia Valley •  $25 This perfectly balanced red blend made in the Willamette Valley is named for its component grapes — Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre — plus some Counoise. Its balance begins with its color, then shows from first sniff to well past the last swallow. It exudes fresh and lively red and blue fruit and charcuterie, then dances across the palate, bowing out with a hit of spice. (347 cases, 14.5% alc.) Awards: Wine Press Northwest affordable reds judging (Outstanding!), Seattle Wine Awards (double gold).