A Wine for Tonight: 2009 Seven Hills Riesling

By Kori ~ August 26th, 2010.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2009 Seven Hills Riesling from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

Founded in 1988 by winemaker Casey McClellan and his wife Vicky, Seven Hills Winery is located in downtown Walla Walla, Washington. Casey was raised in Walla Walla and is a fourth-generation farmer. After completing his Masters of Science at UC Davis, he and Vicky returned to the Walla Walla Valley to open Seven Hills Winery. The winery was originally located in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, and in 2000 moved to its current location in Walla Walla, just ten miles up the road.

“This is a graceful, balanced Riesling of low alcohol and light straw color. It opens with honeysuckle, guanabana, green apple and poached pear flavors and aromas, on a slightly sweet palate that follows through to a fresh, clean finish. Riesling ages well, but we recommend enjoying it within two years of release. This is a very versatile style suitable for a wide variety of food and occasions.” –Winemaker Casey McClellan

2009 Seven Hills Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington): Pale, straw yellow in color. Very aromatic with citrus, floral, and peach aromas. Peach, apricot, and lemon come through on the palate. Off-dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $10.99; Available elsewhere, $9 to $17

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Riesling, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

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