Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills & XL
Since the inaugural 1997 vintage, Chuck has gained great acclaim in his Walla Walla Valley Merlot. In fact one of his first vintages of Merlot (1999) scored 90 points from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine & Spirits. As the years have gone by Chuck has scored 90 points or higher on over 12 vintages of Walla Walla Merlot, and has been included in “Top 20 Wines of Washington State” in Food & Wine (2003) and the “Top 50 Wines of 2014” in Seattle Times for the 2010 vintage.
The 2017 received 91 points and was named a Cellar Selection by Wine Enthusiast.
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A cool 2017 spring followed by a warm hot summer developed smaller berries and clusters with moderate yields. September arrived with cooler temperatures allowing for more hangtime.
A bright bowl of cherries, a couple violets, a sprinkle of cedar shavings, cocoa and loamy earth dance in the nose. The palate introduces fine grain tannins and moderate acidity, Together, they usher in fruit flavors of cherry, plum, boysenberry, black raspberry and currant with a pinch of oak spice and espresso.– Chuck Reininger, Winemaker