Expert's Choice: Washington

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This state offers less oak, extraction and general bling than Napa Valley, says Stephen Brook, and the best of these fresh wines can age for 20 years in bottle, too. See Stephen's top 18 reds and whites from Washington...
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Washington, Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Merlot 2010
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Seven Hills, Merlot, Columbia Valley 2010

Seven Hills, Merlot, Columbia Valley 2010
Lush, plummy nose, full and spicy. Opulent though not heavy, concentrated and pungent, and a bit high in alcohol. Peppery and long. 17pts/20 (90/100pts)
Price £18.25 (2009) Stone, Vine & Sun
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 14.6%