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Winery Spotlight: Seven Hills Winery "I recently tasted four wines from Washington's Seven Hills Winery and honestly liked each one of them. Founded in 1988 by Casey and Vicky McClellan, Seven Hills is based in the Walla Walla Valley and is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux-varietal reds. (Though the Tempranillo, Riesling and Pinot Gris that I tasted were so good, it’s hard to believe they can do this many diverse things this well…)
The press materials note that Casey, who is also the winemaker, “highlights restrained oak, bright acidity and pure varietal flavors to create wines notable for their balance, structure and grace.” I would say that although it’s not the first time I’ve read such a claim, these wines really come through on that promise. And I think they’re reasonably priced, too. Take a look:"
See full reviews at http://www.wineskinny.com/2011/02/24/winery-spotlight-seven-hills-winery/
"Seven Hills Winery, Walla Walla, Washington: Current Releases"
"These days, wine drinkers are looking for more bang for their buck, and Washington State has been delivering red wines that meet that description for more than twenty years. Admirably, Seven Hills Winery seems committed to delivering great values to the consumer, with excellent wines priced even lower than many of their reasonably priced (compared to Napa Cabernet) neighbors.
If you're looking for wonderful, hand-made wines that are delicious and won't break the bank, I highly recommend Seven Hills."
See full review at http://www.vinography.com/archives/2011/01/seven_hills_winery_walla_walla.html.
Seven Hills Winery - One of the Originals
"Fall Release in Walla Walla is just around the corner. Many wine enthusiasts are taking note of the newest wineries around the valley and adding them to their list of wineries to seek out. But while you are making a list, don't forget to visit and re-visit some of the originals in the valley.
Seven Hills Winery is one of those 'originals' in the Walla Walla Valley. The winery was established in 1988 by Casey and Vicky McClellan. In 1982, Casey joined his father in planting the original Seven Hills Vineyard, which has since expanded with new owners and is known as one of the ten greatest vineyards in the world. One has to wonder if Casey realized at the time he was participating in Walla Walla wine history in the making.
Seven Hills Winery has helped put Walla Walla on the map with their Cabernet, Merlot and other Bordeaux-style red varietals. The McClellans now have 20 acres of vines adjacent to the famed Seven Hills Vineyard. In addition to their estate wines, they also produce vineyard-designated wines from other celebrated vineyards in the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla AVA's. Surprisingly, they also produce a Pinot Gris with fruit from Oregon.
The winery and tasting room is located downtown Walla Walla in the historic Whitehouse-Crawford building at 212 North 3rd Ave. The old woodworking mill and furniture factory was built in 1904 and in 2000 the old brick building was remodeled to house, not only Seven Hills Winery, but also the popular Whitehouse-Crawford restaurant. Visitors to the winery and the restaurant can view the working barrel room from the large glass windows. This weekend add one of the originals to your list and taste the newly released vintages from Seven Hills Winery."
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain Vintage Red - 2008
Pentad, Walla Walla Valley Vintage Red Wine - 2006
Carmenere, Walla Walla Valley - 2006
An open letter to Washington state voters
"PS: Drink more Washington wine! Seven Hills, Hedges, Pacific Rim and Chateau Ste Michelle are some of my favorites. But that's a topic for another day."
"Midtown Stomp - A Memphis Food & Wine Blog: Dinner with Seven Hills Winery"
"Next Thursday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. join me at The Brushmark Restaurant for a wine dinner with Seven Hills Winery. Here is the full text of the Brooks Museum's invite: Help Michael Hughes, GM of Joe's Wines and Liquor, and Brushmark chefs Wally Joe and Andrew Adams welcome Vicky McClellan of Seven Hills Winery to Memphis on Thursday, Oct. 14! Walla Walla, Washington winemakers Vicky and Casey McClellan create benchmark Bordeaux - varietal reds, which are recognized as some of the finest coming out of the Northwest and are among the great values of the North American wine world. At Seven Hills Winery, they have developed a style known for balancing structure and grace. Vicky McClellan, a knowledgeable advocate on behalf of the broader Washington State winemaking community, will attend the Seven Hills Wine Dinner at the Brushmark and discuss the wines that Hughes has chosen to pour, which Joe will pair with a full course menu."
"We tasted a great Cabernet the other night, and debated whether we should tell you. That's because it smells and tastes exactly like what Cab ought to be and rarely is: faintly herbal with perfect structure. Indeed, the wine is throwback to the 1970s in that it is elegant, still richly flavored, and with dense fruit flavors and is not concentrated. The last word is the one that seems to be hung on all wines that score 95 or more; it seems to be mandatory if a wine is to be deemed great. But the Seven Hills wines from Washington are all great, yet lack concentration of oak, high alcohol, extract or power.
What they are is balanced - so perfectly that I defy anyone to find a flaw. But be forewarned: All these red wines are scented with herbs from the vineyards. The result is utterly sublime wine making that not only represents terroir, but delivers great joy for pairing with food.Casey McClellan is one of those rare wine makers who gets it. In particular, his red wines from his Seven Hills Winery in Walla Walla show utter restraint and are a throwback to an era when wine was seen for its main attribute: as a great accompaniment to food...The 2006s listed in Tasting Notes are near-perfect examples of a style that I suggest is fast disappearing. But not at Seven Hills."
Mentioned in What to Drink in 2010: A Wine, Beer, and Cocktail Forecast.
Excerpt from The Pioneers
"One vineyard/winery I neglected to mention in this article was Seven Hills. They produce exceptional wine & are now available in Memphis."
Excerpt from A Stylistic Dilemma
"Seven Hills Winery is one of the elders among wineries in Walla Walla, Washington, an area that has seen an explosion of wineries over the past several years. The McClellans established their winery in 1988, way ahead of the growth curve. Several years before the winery's establishment, now-winemaker Casey McClellan and his father planted the renowned Seven Hills Vineyard. Originally owned by McClellan and partners, that vineyard changed hands in 1995, but the McClellans have 20 adjacent acres of vines in Seven Hills Vineyard. In addition, they make vineyard-designated wines from other celebrated vineyards elsewhere in the state, including a fine Cabernet from Klipsun Vineyard in the Red Mountain AVA.
I find the McClellans' reds to be, in general, relatively understated, well-balanced wines that aren't exaggerated in ripeness or alcohol....The wines are also very reasonably priced.
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A Visit from Seven Hills With Casey and Vicky McClellan
"A pioneering Washington State winery visits New York City. I recently had the chance to sit down with the proprietors of Washington State's Seven Hills winery; Casey and Vicky McClellan.
This small winery, one of the oldest wineries of the Walla Walla valley, is quietly producing a broad range of fine wines that runs the gamut from rich Pinot Gris to elegant and refined Bordeaux blends.
Drawing on fruit from their own vineyards, first planted in 1980, as well as fruit sourced from some of the state's premier growers, Seven Hills has taken full advantage of their nearly three decades of experience in the region to produce some of the finest, and most affordable, Washington state wines one is likely to find.
It was a pleasure to meet Casey and Vicky and be introduced not only to their wines, but also to their philosophy, a philosophy that relies on securing the finest fruit they can - in the vineyards, and getting the purest and most complete expression of the fruit to their customers.
Based on this limited set of wines, I would say they are fulfilling their end of the bargain quite well!"
The Essence of Walla Walla
"When Casey and Vicky McClellan opened Seven Hills Winery in 1988, it was only the fifth winery in the area. They also showcase fine Walla Walla fruit, as in the 2006 Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard, 2005 Pentad and 2006 Malbec.
But, like many area wineries, Seven Hills still sources fruit from vineyards throughout the state of Washington. These are highlighted in the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, and most dramatically in the 2006 Vintage Red from the prized Ciel du Cheval Vineyard in Red Mountain. There's even a fine 2007 Oregon Pinot Gris.
Today there are more than 100 wineries in Walla Walla, but Leonetti and Seven Hills still represent the essence of the valley.
"In the heart of downtown you can walk to a number of tasting rooms all within a few blocks of each other. Seven Hills Winery is one of the region's oldest producers, and conveniently located on North 3rd Avenue."
Ciel du Cheval
2012 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine