Reviews

About the Winery

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:"

WineSkinny.com, February 24, 2011

Robyn Tinsley

 

"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.

Vinography: A Wine Blog - January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

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

Walla Walla Grape Vine - November 3, 2010

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."

The Gray Market Report - October 13, 2010

Blake Gray

"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."

Midtown Stomp Journal - October 6th, 2010

Michael Hughes

"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."

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences - January 21, 2010

Mentioned in What to Drink in 2010: A Wine, Beer, and Cocktail Forecast.

Chow.com - January 7, 2010

Jordan Mackay

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."

Memphis Flyer - December 24, 2009

Michael Hughes

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.

To read the full article, click here.

Wine Review Online - December 15, 2009

Mary Ewing-Mulligan

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!"

Snooth.com - December 2, 2009

Gregory Dal Piaz

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.

Colorado Springs Gazette - October 21, 2009

Rich Mauro

"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."

Northwest Palate - October, 2009

Cole Danehower

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Ciel du Cheval

2012 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine


"Bright medium ruby. Cool, deep aromas of blueberry, mint, licorice and wild sage. Chewy and tactile if still tightly wound, showing a saline complexity to its dark fruit and wild herb flavors. Finishes classically dry and long, with serious tannins but an impression of refinement. A really splendid set of current releases from Seven Hills. "

vinous - December 2014

Stephen Tanzer

 92+ Points


"This is a beautiful blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc. It exhibits a brilliant ruby color and an enticing nose of raspberry, cherry, plum, and cassis, with ethereal scents of rose petals, mulberry, alpine wildflowers and white oriental incense. The medium bodied flavors are deliciously rich and supple, intermixed with licorice, cocoa powder, French roast, and Red Mountain calcareous minerals. The seduction continues on the back with gently squeezed berries, kirsch and framboise liqueurs and light toasty oak (40% new French) and graphite, all gliding effortlessly into an endless, lightly spiced finish. For sheer elegance, this gets a plus. "

Review of WA Wines - October 2014

Rand Sealey

 19+/20 Points



2011 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine


"The 2011 Vintage Red Wine Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is a smoking blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, 14% Cabernet Franc that spent 21 months in 40% new French oak. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, focused and with fabulous purity of fruit, it offers up loads of black rspberry, creme de cassis, cruashed flowers, toast and graphite. Showing solid tannic structure under its fruit, it will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10 to 12 years of overall longevity."

Wine Advocate - June 2014

Jeb Dunnuck

 91 Points

 

"Sleek and vivid, with boysenberry and floral aromas and flavors on a juicy, lively frame. Has elegance without losing depth and intensity of flavor, finishing harmoniously. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2020."

Wine Spectator Insider - June 11, 2014

Harvey Steiman

 92 Points


"This shows impressive intensity on the nose with layers of crushed rock, black pepper, and pencil shavings under huge red and black currant fruit all topped with vanilla, wood spice. The classic  iron fist in the velvet glove, this shows plenty of weight and tannic driven the palate, with bright acids supporting fabulous herb inflected red currant, flavors with just a hint of nutty oak, that flows onto a moderately long finish. While the oak comes off as a bit on the sweet side this is just chock a block with ripe red plum, red berry, and tart cranberry fruit that lingers on the long finish. Quite a powerful wine in this lineup."

Snooth.com - January 2014

Greg Del Piaz

 94 Points

 

2010 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine

"A blend of 33% Merlot (from the original, 1976 block), 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot and 13% Cab Franc, this shows Euro-style refinement from first sniff to last swallow. The alcohol has climbed up a bit without any sacrafice of detail. A mix of berries, cherries and cassis, the fruits are woven around tightly defined, perfectly ripened tannins, with an underlayer of acid and mineral."

Wine Enthusiast - 6/1/13

Paul Gregutt

 Cellar Sellection - 93 Points
 

"A firm grip of crunchy tannins embraces a wild mix of ripe currant and raw red pepper flavors, persisting as the finish opens slightly. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2015. 587 cases made."

Wine Spectator - Web Only 2013

Harvey Steiman

 88 Points


 

2009 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine

"Roses, blackberries, cassis and baking spices are beautifully rendered in a wine rich in depth and detail. More bottle age will surely bring still more complexity and soften some astringent tannins."

Wine Enthusiast - September 2012

Paul Gregutt

 Cellar Selection - 95 Points

"This red is firm in texture and expressive, delivering ripe blackberry and currant fruit tweaked with hits of bay leaf, black olive and toast."

Wine Spectator - June 30, 2012

Harvey Steiman

 90 Points

2008 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine

"This shows some faintly herbal notes on the nose and maybe even a touch of something vegetal accenting the light red fruits. Yes, there is something almost weedy here and even a little minty to boot, but at the same time there is a sweetness and freshness to the fruit. A little closed at first, this takes plenty of time to open. Though it never fully opens, it does shows a fine intensity of liquory red fruit, full of bitter cherry and red currant topped with a judicious use of oak. The herbal qualities are still here but they are deep in the fruit along with some pencil lead and a certain meatiness. The texture is youthful yet balanced, with dusty tannins embedded in the soft fruit. The finish is a touch short and is still showing the nice wild cherry note but not with the follow through one might hope for. Still, this is fairly elegant and delicious."

Snooth.com

91 Pts

 

"A superb Cab/Merlot blend: savory aroma of blackberry, tea, faint earth, and a ripe yet still restrained mid-palate. A wine that clearly will be better in a few years. From a longtime producer of excellent red wines."

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences - Aug. 9, 2012

Rating: Exceptional

 

"Showing flavors of figs and earth with a smattering of close and allspice, this wine is all structure at the moment, too dense to read.  Some time in the bottle will give it definition, as will braised beef."

Wine and Spirits - December 2011

Best Buy

Year's Best Cabernet and Blends

 

"is made up of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, and 11% Cabernet Franc aged for 20 months in 40% new French oak. The nose reveals muted oak and black fruit aromas leading toa loaded, structured wine with at least 4-5 years of aging potential. I should drink well through 2028 and, like the Reserve cuvee, if the aromatics develop my score will appear stingy."

Wine Advocate - September 2011

Jay Miller

89 Points

"This wine has an extra dimension, though it is tight as can be. The classic rock/mineral underpinning typical of wines from this vineyard is there, and the fruit is compact and well defined. It’s set in a frame of acid and earth, offering a picture of the more expressive wine that will come with further age. In the mouth it is tight and dense, but loaded with hints of complexity. Cellar Selection."

Wine Enthusiast - Spring 2011

Paul Gregutt

92 Points - Cellar Selection

 

"Polished, supple and expressive, offering a deftly balanced but rich mouthful of cherry, plum, paprika, and white pepper flavors that flow seamlessly through the long, vivid finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Vrdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2012 through 2020."

Wine Spectator Insider - June 8, 2011

Harvey Steiman

92 Points

2007 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine

"100 Best Wines of the Year"

"Last year, the Wine & Spirits tasting panels assessed more than 10,200 wines. These 100 received our highest recommendations, and are the wines we believe are performing at the top of their respective categories."

"100 Best Buys of the Year"

"These 100 wines offer the best ratio of quality to price. They fall at or below the median price for the wines we tasted within their category, while performing far above average for that category."

Listed as both a "Top 100 Wine of the Year" and "Top 100 Best Buy of the Year"

"This powerhouse blend of cabernet, merlot and a bit of franc has all you'd want in a Red Mountain red: density, purity of fruit, intensity and length. Its deep, inky violet color sets it off, presaging scents of plum, tar and a hint of eucalyptus. The flavors are ripe, fleshy and powerful, with a vinosity that keeps the wine earthbound and on point. For a steak."

Joshua Greene - Winter 2010

94 Points

 

“Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of bright cherry, violets, and kirsch. In the mouth the wine has a beautiful, youthful juiciness that launches flavors of black cherry, cassis, and violets bouncing across the palate. Lightly powdery tannins grip the edges of the mouth and linger in a finish that has a lightly grapey quality. The wine is disarming and delightful.”

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: around 9.

Best Buy. "This powerhouse blend of cabernet, merlot and a bit of franc has all you'd want in a Red Mountain red: density, purity of fruit, intensity and length. Its deep, inky violet color sets it off presaging scents of plum, tar and a hint of eucalyptus. The flavors are ripe, fleshy and powerful, with a vinosity that keeps the wine earth-bound and on point. For a steak."

Wine & Spirits - June, 2010

Score: 94 points

"Polished, round and effortlessly focused, with impressive cherry, beet and pomegranate aromas and flavors, persisting beautifully against mineral and spice notes on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2011 through 2017."

Wine Spectator Insider - February 10, 2010

Harvey Steiman

Score: 93 point

"Grapes for this wine come from Ciel du Cheval, one of Washington state's most famous vineyards. The wine is a Bordeaux-style blend, mainly of Cabernet and Merlot. It has aromas of red fruit, plum and black pepper, with bright flavors of slightly tart plum and peppery spice."

Wine Review Online - February, 2010

Tina Caputo

"A bit fresher with rich fruit, a lovely herbal note in the aroma, and a great finish. Classic mid-palate that needs about two more years to show its development."

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences - January 21, 2010

"Exceptional"

Excerpt from A Stylistic Dilemma

"The 2007 Ciel du Cheval wine is the softer, subtler, more approachable one. It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (43%), Merlot from 30-year-old vines (34%), and fan-trained Petit Verdot (14%) and Cabernet Franc (9%), from a vintage that McClellan describes as 'ripe, forward, and beautiful.' Its aroma, only medium-intense, suggests plump, dark fruit and cedar. Where the wine shows its stuff is in your mouth: a soft entry, full body, sedate flavors of ripe but fresh fruit, and very soft tannins. You can detect oak in the wine's flavor and also in the structure of the wine, and it forms a spine for the lovely fruit. The wine's top asset is that fruit: the wine is seamless as it caresses your tongue with smooth, silky but not heavy texture and it tastes as if its raw material were simply perfect."

To read the full article, click here.

Wine Review Online - December, 2009

Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Score: 92 point

This is Bordeaux like with crystallized blackberry and currant fruits joined by notes of blond tobacco, turmeric, gun powder and green peppercorns. This is big and rich, broad across the palate yet with nice cut. The flavors lean a bit towards the red fruit end of the spectrum with notes of red apple peels and red currants on the mid-palate that are joined by green spice tones and spicy oak notes that lead to a moderate finish full of black raspberry and jammy black plum. Again the tannins are very well managed and polished. This needs another year or two to fully integrate but should be excellent from 2012-2020.

Snooth.com - December 2, 2009

Gregory Dal Piaz

Score: 92 point

2006 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine

"Bright and generous in flavor, while keeping the structure elegant. This weaves a green note through the ripe, appealing blackberry and black currant flavors, lingering expressively on the long finish."

Wine Spectator Insider, Harvey Steiman - July 2009

Score: 92 point

2005 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine

Deftly balances its pretty raspberry and plum flavors, with hints of smoke and cedar-but only hints-and just enough tannins and acidity to keep this fresh and lively. Impressive for its elegance and length, without apparent weight. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2009 through 2017.

Wine Spectator - May 2008

Score: 92 points

2004 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine

...Purple-colored, it offers an array of aromas including pain grille, pencil lead, truffle, licorice and blackberry. Its medium-bodied personality features layers of sweet, ripe dark fruits, soft tannins, excellent delineation, and outstanding length. Give this serious effort 3-4 years in the cellar and drink it through 2030.

Wine Advocate - August 2007

Score: 93 points

This classic Bordeaux bland comes from the legendary Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. Seven Hills picks earlier than virtually anyone else, in keeping with their commitment to making balanced, elegant table wines, and this wine is still locked up tight upon release. Knowing the vineyard, I look for and find the metallic minerality unerpinning the the tart, austere fruit. But there are also surprising high notes of brandied cherries, and a sene of depth missing in more ordinary wines. This is definitely a wine to cellar for up to a decade. As always, this is sensitive detailed winemaking.

Wine Enthusiast - August 2007

Score: 90 points

A firm earthy style with a gamey edge to the dense blackberry and currant fruit. Has depth and a distinctive range of flavors, ending on a floral note. Needs cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2008.

$30 | 768 cases made.

Wine Spectator - May 2007

Score: 91 points

2003 Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain, Vintage Red Wine

Many wineries work with spectacular grapes grown at Ciel on Red Mountain, but Seven Hills uses it to craft a deceptively light and airy wine, that promotes elegance and grace over sheer power. Let this wine breathe-decanting would be a good idea-and it fills our into a classic show of tart black cherry, plum and cranberry fruit, along with gravelly stone. Deceptively concentrated, supple and tart with finishing whiffs of sandalwood and cinnamon. A fine display of sensitive, detailed winemaking.

Wine Enthusiast - December 2005

Score: 91 point

A deceptively light and airy wine that promotes elegance and grace over sheer power . Let it breathe - decanting would be a good idea - and it fills out into a classic display of tart black cherry and saccis fruit and gravelly stone, concentrated but still supple.

Seattle Times - October 30, 2005

"Best of Washington"

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Pentad, Vintage Red Wine

 

2009 Pentad

A masterpiece of blending, this has myriad pinpoint details, from the nose of flowers and berries, to the mouth-filling mélange of red and black fruits, and highlights of pepper and Asian spices. .”

Wine Enthusiast - September 2012

Paul Gregutt

Cellar Selection - 96 Points

2007 Pentad

The aromas begin with a pretty violet character, around plum and smoke. Flavors are tightly wound and balanced, with sharp acids. This slowly opens over many hours of breathing time to unveil smooth, soft fruit, light herbs, pretty floral highlights and great texture.”

Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2011

Paul Gregutt

93 Points

 

Firm in texture, with focused currant and black cherry flavors that course through the long and vivid finish, hinting at tobacco and spice.”

Wine Spectator

90 Points

 

Lovely, taut nose is a bit matte but surprisingly attractive with cocoa, caramel and vanilla grounded in lovely spicy black fruits. Full and broad in the mouth, with an open knit feel about it. There’s enough acid but it is covered by the rich fruit here, showing real restraint. The back end reveals deep cherry and black currant fruit with a touch of pluminess that transitions into a lightly spiced, oak-driven note on the long, toasty, raspberry jam finish. Elegant and refined while remaining rich and powerful.”

Snooth.com

 

92 Pts

 

"was sourced from several Walla Walla vineyards. It is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon 18% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec, 12% Merlot, and 6% Carmenere aged for 23 months in 50% new French oak. It offers up a fragrant perfume of balsam wood, Asian spices, violets, black cherry, and black raspberry. In the glass it opens to reveal a ripe, layered, full-flavored, nicely proportioned wine that will deliver optimum drinking from 2013-2023." 

Wine Advocate - September 2011

Jay Miller

92 Points

 

2006 Pentad

“Rich, ripe and complex, this has a delicious tug-of-war going on in the mouth, playing generous blueberry and currant fruit against hints of crème brûlée, sage and white pepper. A hint of roasted meat adds interest to the long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.”

Wine Spectator, December 15, 2010

Harvey Steiman

93 Points

"Smells rather minty with a pruny edge to the dark chocolate-covered coffee bean-accented black cherry fruit. With air, this reveals a smoky, nettle tone, some vanilla nuances and an ashy campfire accent. On the palate, this starts out with some dried fruit notes that are quickly joined by lots of fresh, juicy red plum tones. The tannins are very well managed and float over the palate, covered by the bright fruit. The oak pops a bit on the mid-palate but fades away on the backend replaced by a nice, very lightly vegetal fennel tone and more sweet, liquory, plummy fruit. With air, the fruit gets a bit darker, with an almost grilled meaty note, and the finish slowly grows longer with an almost candied coffee tone but that fruit really wins out in the end. A nice wine that shares as much with Bordeaux as it does with your typical domestic Meritage."

Snooth.com - January 2010

Gregory Del Piaz

92 points

"To make this wine, the winery vinifies six different grapes and chooses the best five wines (hence ‘Pentad’), which means that the blend of grapes changes from year to year. It’s always based on Cabernet Sauvignon, and in 2006 that grape represents 65% of the final blend. Unusually in 2006, however, the wine contains no Merlot, and does have 7% Cabernet Franc (along with 7% each of Carmenère and Malbec and 14% Petit Verdot). It’s a wonderfully graceful, finessed wine with fairly delicate aromas and flavors of dark fruits, cedar, mint and eucalyptus. Harmony is the name of the game here more than power. Food-friendliness goes with the territory. A beauty."

Wine Review Online - August 17, 2010

Mary Ewing-Mulligan

91 Points

"Dark, bold, and full-bodied, this is the perfect embodiment of power and breed in a full-on (five grape) Bordeaux blend. Boysenberry, cassis, plenty of acidity—the nose promises a great deal, though it is reticent in the mouth, and fairly acidic. This is a wine to lay down and enjoy in a decade."

Wine Enthusiast, September 2010 Issue

Paul Gregutt

93 Points, Cellar Selection

2005 Pentad, Vintage Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley

Featured as a pairing in "Seven Hills at Napa Cafe"

""Bison tenderloin & Bison short rib "shepard's pie" with truffled demi glace paired with Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Seven Hills Vineyard & Seven Hills Pentad 2005."

The Mid-Town Stomp: A Memphis Wine Journal

February 17, 2010

Michael Hughes

Excerpt from Some American gems

"...there were many fine Cabernets, Bordeaux blends and Syrahs - from Washington..."

"Black fruit and some redcurrant on the palate, then a very juicy red cherry burst, like the liquid centre of a sweet."

Jancis Robinson.com - December 22, 2009

Gift Recommendations for the Red Wine Lover

"This Washington state wine is 55 percent cabernet sauvignon, 18 percent petit verdot, 9 percent each of merlot, carmenere and malbec. It is a delicious wine that exhibits some very intriguing sensual elements. The winemaker uses 50 percent new French oak to fashion a wine with a cherry, cassis and herbal nose, and wonderful flavors of cherries and a hint of violets in the mouth. This complex wine is refreshingly different."

The Annapolis Capital - December 2, 2009

Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr

Tastes of blueberries and dried fruit up front. That sweetness is tamed with tartness, smoke and leather in the long, lovely finish.

Cooking Light Magazine - October 2009

Julianna Grimes

Lithe and distinctive, with a tarry edge to the bright cherry and spice flavors, finishing with a refreshingly open texture and lively acidity to balance the flavors.

Wine Spectator Insider - March 2009

Score: 90 points

Chosen in the article The Top 100 Wines of Washington State.

Seattle Times - December 23, 2008

Paul Gregutt

#74

Subtle and soft, this aromatic Bordeaux blend (54% Cab Sauv, 9% Carmenere, 9% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 18% Petit Verdot) is laced with herb and exotic savory spices, woven through tight fruit flavors of blueberry and musky grape. This is a delicate, evocative and challenging wine that rewards your attention. Fascinating and complex, it needs time to breathe and good glassware to really open up.

Wine Enthusiast - July 2008

Score: 91 points

Wine Advocate - June 2008

Score: 91 points

2003 Pentad, Vintage Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley

The proprietary 2003 Pentad was aged for 23 months in 50% new French oak. Opaque purple in color, it offers a brooding, slightly muted nose of spicy oak, tobacco, leather, earth, black currants, and blackberry liqueur. Mouth filling and super-rich, this layered wine is smoothly textured, balanced, and very long.

Wine Advocate - August 2007

Score: 92 points

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Cabernet Sauvingon

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Klipsun Vineyard, Red Mountain

"...Here is the raw power of 100% Klipsun  Cabernet Sauvignon, full-throttle black fruits and mineral-soaked, chewy dark tannins It's all done in a wine with both length and presicion; one that will surely age well over at least decade."

Wine Enthusiast

Paul Gregutt

 93 Points
 
 

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Klipsun Vineyard, Red Mountain

"Firm in texture, with refined tannins around a sleek core of cherry, licorice and spice flavors. Has intensity and deftness, but the tannins need cellaring to soften. Best from 2015 through 2019. 75 cases made."

Wine Spectator - Web Only 2013

Harvey Steiman

 90 Points
 

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Klipsun Vineyard, Red Mountain

"More cherry and blackberry, with a more distinctive Cabernet backbone. Needs 3-5 more years. Good Value."

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences - Aug. 9, 2012

Rating: Exceptional

 

Dense and tightly woven, this grows at one of Red mountain’s finest vineyards.  It’s dominated by powerful tannins that give the wine impressive depth and concentration.  With air the structure yields to black fig flavors adorned by a heady herbal note like bay leaf, girded by a mineral finish. Cellar, then serve with steak.

Wine & Spirits - December 2011

 

92 Points - Best Buy

 

"Is muted aromatically. Stuctured on the palate, it will need several years additional cellaring. If this results in a more expressive nose, my score will look conservative."

Wine Advocate - September 2011

Jay Miller

89 Points

 

"A streak of iron and mineral leads, with rich, ripe, dark fruit flavors following. Compact and tannic, this is extremely young. But compressed in the wine are complex streaks of herb and mineral. The tannins are strong and polished. Cellar Selection."

Wine Enthusiast - Spring 2011

Paul Gregutt

93 Points - Cellar Selection

 

"Ripe and spicy, focusing its black cherry, cassis, wet earth and smoke flavors beautifully as they sail over a bed of mildly chewy tannins. Has depth and grace. Best from 2013 through 2018."

Wine Spectator Insider - July 20, 2011

Harvey Steiman

92 Points

 

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Klipsun Vineyard, Red Mountain

"A complex Cabernet that gains weight and sweetens up after several minutes in the glass, the '07 Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Seven Hills is a star in the making. The nose offers notes of dried herbs and cherry liqueur, aromas that expand on the palate. On the palate the fruit profile runs from red currant to black cherry, with an overlay of oak vanillin and a hint of coffee. Though it is drinking beautifully now, this wine will benefit from cellaring and should shine for at least a decade or more of pure Cabernet pleasure."

winereviewonline.com - May 3, 2011

Robert Whitley

Score: 92

 

"A lot of winemaking for the money, this Washington Cabernet offers full-bodied black cherry and blackberry fruit, with an array of accents that include vanilla, espresso, mineral and earth, folding into a structured, balanced finish. Shows some underlying tannic grip. Ready to drink now and over the next 8-10 years. (2010-12-23)"

WineSkinny.com, February 24, 2011

Robyn Tinsley

 

 

“Top 100 Washington Wines”

Paul Gregutt’s Blog - December 6, 2010

Paul Gregutt

Listed number 41 out of 100.

"This 100% Cabernet, from the iconic Klipsun vineyard, has been sourced from the original 1989 planting since the first crop, making Seven Hills Klipsun's longest standing customer. This offers deep cassis, mineral, and earth flavors, powerful and dense. The Seven Hills style, ordinarily restrained and elegant, suits this vineyard especially well, as it reins in the tendency of Klipsun fruit to go over the top, and become too tannic. This is muscular and deep, but proportionate and detailed."

Wine Enthusiast, September 2010 Issue

Paul Gregutt

93 Points, Editor's Choice

 

 

“Medium to dark garnet in color, this wine has a nose of cherry and wet earth with hints of plum aromas. In the mouth rich plummy and cherry flavors mix with faint tannins and flavors of cedar and loam. Great acidity makes the fruit bright, and the wine finishes long and lightly floral. Beautifully balanced and fantastically delicious.”

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: between 9 and 9.5

 

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Klipsun Vineyard, Red Mountain

"Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of bright cherry and cola aromas with hints of mulberry. In the mouth the cherry cola quality dominates with faint leathery tannins, bright acidity and a wonderful juiciness to the whole package that makes it quite appealing. Flavors of cola nut and tobacco linger in the finish. Beautifully balanced and utterly delicious.”

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

 Score: between 9 and 9.5.

 

Dense, powerful and profuse with its ripe cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and herb aromas and flavors, persisting impressively on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2012 through 2020.

Wine Spectator Insider - February 10, 2010

Harvey Steiman

Score: 92 points

"Only 350 cases were made of this tasty Cabernet, which has aromas of red fruit and spices. It has bright flavors of cranberries and other red fruits, with notes of peppery spice and a firm tannic structure. This wine should do well with 5-10 years of aging."

Wine Review Online - January 19, 2010

Tina Caputo

Score: 89 points

"Near-perfect aroma of herbs, red currants, and traces of tea and mint. Classic entry, dry and food-friendly, with perfect handling of tannins and alcohol of only 13.2%! More about this project in an upcoming article."

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences - January 14, 2010

"Exceptional"

This has very distinctive and stylish notes of cool fruit on the nose. While less herbal than the Seven Hills Cabernet this shares some of that wine's black fruit tones with added layers of leather, fennel, and sweetly spiced oak tones. In the mouth this is supported as much by it's fine acid spine as the crisp tannins. This is still a bit tight and short at this point but with promising dusty, black fruit and spice tones that handle to oak well.

Snooth.com - December 2, 2009

Gregory Del Piaz

 


 

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Seven Hills Vineyard

"Bright ruby-red. Lively aromas of blackcurant and dark chocolate lifted by a floral topnote;more perfumed on the nose than the young 2012s today. Offers a captivating balance of sweetness and firmness in the mouth, delivering dense but fine-grained flavors of dark berries, violets and rose petal. Really superb fruit here, with a ligh touch. A wine of sappy concentration , with a very long finish featuring noble tannins and a disinctly savory quality. And this is only 13.7% alcohol."

Vinous - December 2014

Stephen Tanzer

92 Points

"Even better and an outstanding effort, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla opens up nicely in the glass with beautiful blueberry, black currants, damp earth and lead pencil like aromas and flavors flowing to a medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and rich babernet that possesses solid mid-palate depth and fine tannin on the finish. Aged 22 months in 40% new French oak, this beauty will drink nicely through 2023."

Wine Advocate - June 2014

Jeb Dunnuck

90 Points

"Vivid, set on a polished frame and bursting with violet-tinged plum and currant fruit, this is shaded with hints of rose petal and loamy earth as the open-weave finish lingers. Drink now through 2019."

Wine Spectator Insider - June 11, 2014

Harvey Steiman

92 Points

"This vineyard designated, showcasing the oldest vines from the oldest vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, piles on the details of earth, grape and barrel. There's cassis, blackberry and fig in generously layered profusion , along with substantial components of dried herbs, cedar and pipe tobacco. The exceptional complexity, balance and length make this a sure-fire candidate for cellaring until 2024 or more."

Wine Enthusiast

Paul Gregutt

94 Points - Cellar Selection

"Off the bat this shows lovely nuance with blue flowers, fine wild berry fruit, hints of juniper, black cherry, game, root beer and black pepper, with just a nuance of tobacco. Lovely and bright in the mouth, this shows gorgeous balance with tannins that show the slightest youthful edge but remain covered by  masses of blue edged plummy fruit, blue flowers, and hints of  little pencil lead. This is cool and collected showing a rare blend of polish and purity."

Snooth.com - January 2014

Greg Del Piaz

93 Points
 

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Seven Hills Vineyard

"A veil of fine tannins wraps around a supple core of spicy, brown sugar-accented plum and currant fruit, lingering easily on the refined finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. 818 cases made."

Wine Spectator - June 30, 2013

Harvey Steiman

93 Points
 

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Seven Hills Vineyard

"Soft and supple, focused and detailed, it’s a riot of pastry-fruited berries and cherries, with a concentrated mid-palate bursting with full-bodied flavor. It moves into a lengthy finish with toast, tobacco, coconut and caramel highlights."

Wine Enthusiast - September 2012

Paul Gregutt

Cellar Selection - 94 Points

 

"Focused, elegant and expressive, offering a lovely bead of mineral-accented cherry and herb flavors at the core, hinting at mocha as the finish lingers against fine tannins. Drink now through 2017. 658 cases made."

Wine Spectator

Harvey Steiman

91 Points

 

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Seven Hills Vineyard

"Also spent 20 months in 40% new French oak. It displays leafier, herbal notes along with plenty of spice and savory black fruit flavors. Give it 1-2 years of cellaring and drink it from 2012 to 2023."

Wine Advocate - September 2011

Jay Miller

88 Points

 

"A beautiful rendition of pure Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from the oldest blocks of this iconic vineyard. Bracing, youthful and compact, it sends up a fascinating mix of dusty spices, black fruits, and elegant barrel flavors of toast and coconut butter. Beautiful balance and length. Editors’ Choice."

Wine Enthusiast - Spring 2011

Paul Gregutt

94 Points - Editors' Choice

 

"Rich, ripe and opulent, brimming with poached plum, brown sugar, and spice flavors, this lingers entincingly on the long finish. Has presence, and power. Drink now through 2018."

Wine Spectator Insider - July 20, 2011

Harvey Steiman

92 Points

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Seven Hills Vineyard

"A seductive nose, densely loaded with black currants and smoke, leads into a textural, single-vineyard, 100% Cabernet with great varietal presence and definition. It needs to breathe open, which puts on more flesh, and starts to unpack the layers. Streaks of mineral, iron, graphite and more cassis roll into the finish."

Wine Enthusiast, September 2010 Issue

Paul Gregutt

91 Points

 

Polished, focused and generous with its clearly articulated currant, plum and savory herb flavors, coursing smoothly through the refined finish.  Drink now through 2017.

Wine Spectator Insider, March 2, 2011

Harvey Steiman

92 Points

 

Rosy purple color. Plump aromas of sweet black fruits are complemented by notes of dried autumn leaves and ever-so-slightly too-long-in the-sun ripe plums. Similar notes appear on the palate, with lots of sweet cassis and blackberry flavors surrounded by vanilla, violet, and toast tones. The wine is very well balanced, offering satisfying flavors, fresh acidity, subtle tannins, and a remarkably long and fruity finish. Though still young, this Cabernet is very well integrated, and would be a beautiful match for a crushed peppercorn-coated grilled steak.

NW Palate Magazine, July/August 2011

3 Grapes=Exceptional!

 

“…a mighty charming bottle indeed—it's like a slice of the best cherry pie you've ever had, and it has a remarkably multifaceted finish, providing surprises instead of just one-note excellence. “ 

Epicurious.com, February 15, 2011

Ted Loos

 

“Medium to dark garnet in color, this wine has a nose of rich black cherry and tobacco. In the mouth, black cherry, tobacco and cola flavors swirl against a backdrop of faint black tea tannins. Nicely balanced. Good acidity.”

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: between 8.5 and 9.

 

Dense, powerful and profuse with its ripe cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and herb aromas and flavors, persisting impressively on the long, expressive finish. Best from 2012 through 2020.

Wine Spectator Insider - February 10, 2010

Harvey Steiman

Score: 92 points

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

"Top Ten Brunch Wines"

"This intense dark-red cab from Washington state has great varietal character and a round profile, with notes of clove and nutmeg. A polished, complex palate of red and black fruits, almond, licorice and spice leads into a bright, lengthy finish."

Novus Vinum/Gayot.com - March 2010

"Well defined, with a grainy edge to the meaty cherry and savory herb flavors, lingering on the supple finish."

Wine Spectator - April 30, 2010

Harvey Steiman

Score: 90 points

 

“Dark garnet in color, this wine has a nose of fresh black cherry fruit. In the mouth it offers bright black cherry, cedar, and cola flavors buoyed by bright acidity and un-marred by any detectable oak. Fresh and juicy with only the faintest of tannins that linger through a fruit-driven finish, this wine is quite easy to drink.”

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: between 8.5 and 9.

"This intense dark-red cab from Washington state has a great varietal character and a round profile, with notes of clove and nutmeg. A polished, complex palate of red and black fruits, almond, licorice and spice leads to a bright, lengthy finish."

Noted as a top 10 brunch wine

Gayot.com - February 24, 2010

Featured as a pairing in "Seven Hills at Napa Cafe"

"Bison tenderloin & Bison short rib 'shepard's pie' with truffled demi glace paired with Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Seven Hills Vineyard & Seven Hills Pentad 2005."

The Mid-Town Stomp: A Memphis Wine Journal

February 17, 2010

Michael Hughes

"This classic wine delivers nuances of dried and fresh herbs with a mix of subtle cherry / berry scents that you won't find in many wines anymore. Only 13.5% alcohol with a near-perfect reaction to aeration."

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences - January 21, 2010

"Exceptional"

"This wine has aromas of toasty oak, plum, black pepper and red and black fruit. It shows bright flavors of red and black fruits, along with notes of black licorice and spice. Balanced, with good acidity."

Wine Review Online - January 19, 2010

Tina Caputo

Score: 90 points

This is spicy and complex on the nose with hints of toast, white pepper, and herbs adding complexity to the blackberry toned fruit. In the mouth there is excellent freshness but also a fairly prominent herbal component to accompany that freshness. The tannins are very fine giving the wine a fairly silky feel already and the black currant and blackberry leaf tones are classic cabernet. This is really drinkable with a sneaky, candied blueberry finish.

Snooth.com - December 2, 2009

Gregory Dal Piaz

Score: 89 points

"This very dark purple colored Cab from Washington opens with a spicy red raspberry bouquet with notes of pepper and tobacco. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a smoky red raspberry with notes of old oak and a dash of pepper. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are gentle. The panel would pair this easy going Cab with pecan crusted salmon or eggplant parmigiana. Enjoy."

Ken's Wine Guide.com - October 2009

Ken Hoggins

Score: 88 points

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

In its minty, rosemary notes and generous cassis fruit, this wine is pure cabernet, the kind of elegant, elemental wine Washington does best. A bit of old school, but refreshingly so, with aromas of pine and eucalyptus, and flavors of cassis and black cherry supported by the pencil-lead tannins. Its energy and drive suggest a long cellar life.

Wine & Spirits - June 2009

Score: 93 points

Poised, focused and brimming with ripe cherry, currant, orange peel, grill smoke and sage flavors, lingering charmingly as the finish sails on and on against fine-grained tannins. This has the balance and depth to go the distance.

Wine Spectator Insider - March 2009

Score: 92 points

Wine Advocate - June 2008

Score: 89 points
 

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, RESERVE, Red Mountain

"Bright Ruby Red. Dark berries and menthols on the pure but subdued nose...offering enticing flavors of plum, red currant, tobacco, mineral, and spicecake. Finishes serious and long, with a lingering note of blueberry and a firm tannic spine that's nicely buffered by the wine's material."

International Wine Cellar

Steven Tanzer

91 points

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, RESERVE, Red Mountain

"contains a small amont of Cabernet Franc. It is a dense, structured, concentrated, powerful Cabernet in need of 4-5 years of additional bottle age. This lengthy effort may well see its 20th birthday in peak form."

Wine Advocate - September 2011

Jay Miller

91 points

 

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, RESERVE, Red Mountain

Excerpt from A Stylistic Dilemma

"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is only the sixth Reserve bottling for the winery in 18 vintages, and the first since 2001. It is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Just smelling the wine shows you what depth and intensity it has; the aroma is tight and contained, with mineral notes such as lead pencil emerging first and fresh, dark-berry fruit only afterwards. In your mouth the wine is fruitier than the Ciel du Cheval -- sporting splendid bright, fresh, concentrated dark fruit flavors along with unmistakable mineral notes -- but it is also lean and taut in structure. Its oak is still a bit noticeable but I expect that in time it will integrate nicely with the ripe, concentrated fruit. This is a quietly powerful wine." To read the full article, click here

Wine Review Online - December, 2009

Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Score: 92 points

"A very impressive, extremely harmonious Cabernet, marked by just about everything you could want from an American expression of this varietal. There's ripe, sweet fruit, of course, but also underlying echoes of chocolate, coffee, toast, and more. The smell and taste of oak stays very much in the background, and the wine's firm but unobtrusive tannins provide an appropriate structure. Exciting stuff!"

Wine Review Online - November 18, 2009

Paul Lukacs

Score: 92 points

Bright, focused currant and blackberry flavors play against a bed of fine tannins and deft hints of roasted meat and spice as the flavors sail over an open, refined frame.

Wine Spectator Insider - March 2009

Score: 90 points

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

"Bright ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice, menthol and violet. More tightly coiled and backward than the Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot, showing distinctly darker flavors of black cherry, bitter chocolate and licorice. Very healthy acidity energizes the middle palate. The finish is distinctly saline, offering firm tannic spine and lingering dark fruit notes."

vinous - December 2014

Stephen Tanzer

90+ Points

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

"This four AVA blend (Wahluke, Yakima, Walla Walla and Red Mountain) reflects the long ripening season. Brilliant ruby colored, it emits a perfumed nose of raspberry, cherry, cassis, crushed roses, mulberry, lavender and vanillin. The flavors mirror the aromatics with bright, sweetish, yet balanced, flavors that are accented by chocolate, licorice and alluvial minerals. The back reveals sensations of gently squeezed berries, frambroise liqueur, creme de cassis, toasty vanilla and light spice on the dryish tannin finish.

Review of Washington Wines - September, 2013

Rand Sealey

18.5/20 Points

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

"Supple, focused and appealing for the floral, vaguely meaty overtones to the nicely detailed blackberry and dark plum fruit. Finishes with finesse. Drink now through 2016. 1,260 cases made.

Wine Spectator - March 31, 2013

Harvey Steiman

90 Points

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

"Five Bordeaux grapes are in the blend here, from vineyards scattered across the Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley, and Walla Walla Valley AVAs. Buttery and round, with a fair streak of vanilla, this sports plump black cherry and raspberry preserves, polished tannins and highlights of fresh cut tobacco.

Wine Enthusiast - September 2012

Paul Gregutt

90 Points

 

"A bit chewy, with refreshing currant and delicate herb flavors, finishing with an open feel. Drink now through 2014. 1,315 cases made. "

 

Wine Spectator

Harvey Steiman

89 Points

 

"Scents of India ink adorn dark cassis fruit flavors that drive the wine from start to finish. Its density and subtle earthiness suggest a wine built to age, and serve, when mature with a beef roulade. "  

Wine & Spirits - June 2012

 

91 Points

 

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

 

 

"Small amounts of Petit Verdot, Carménère, and Cab Frac in the blend make for a lively, intriguing Cab with a mix of earth, herb and berry aromas. Tart berry/cherry fruit gives a puckery mouthfeel; and Asian spices (from a variety of barrel sources) add more interest to the finish."

 

Wine Enthusiast - Spring 2011

Paul Gregutt

90 Points

 

"The aroma of this superb "little" wine is spot-on Cabernet with traces of herbs and red/black fruit."

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences - Aug. 9, 2012

Very Highly Recommended

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

"Bright and lively, focusing its pomegranate and cherry flavors in a beam of flavor, hinting at cedar and bay leaf as the finish lingers harmoniously. Tannins slide in easily. Drink now through 2014. 2,100 cases made." –HS

Wine Spectator - December 2010

90 Points

"Still young, steely and firm, but classy and deep. This has the best attributes of the ’05 and ’06 Columbia Valley Cabs from Seven Hills—ripe and polished black fruits, firm tannins, a supple finish with a veneer of smoke and licorice. In other words, this is a complete, complex and intriguing Bordeaux blend, with plenty of aging potential."

Wine Enthusiast, September 2010 Issue

Paul Gregutt

91 Points, Cellar Selection

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

"Crisp and focused, with pretty raspberry and currant fruit, shaded with hints of roasted game and coffee as the finish lingers against fine tannins. Drink now through 2013."

Wine Spectator - July 2009

Harvey Steiman

Score: 88 Point

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Klipsun Vineyard, Red Mountain

Bright, lively and impeccably balanced, delivering its pretty strawberry, currant and delicate herbal flavors on a deft frame of fine tannins and lacy acidity.

Wine Spectator - March 2009

Score: 90 point

Wine Advocate - June 2008

Score: 88 point

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Klipsun Vineyard, Red Mountain

Ripe and resonant with minty, cedary cherry, plum and currant flavors, finishing rich and beautifully integrated, the tannins polished and the flavors sailing on nicely Best from 2008 through 2013.

Wine Advocate - September 2007

Score: 91 point

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

76% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Carmenere, Malbec, and Petit Verdot aged one-third in new French oak. The nose reveals aroma of pain grill?, scorched earth and spicy black currants. This is followed by a medium-bodied wine with a forward core of ripe black fruits and soft tannins. This balanced Cabernet can be enjoyed through 2020.

Wine Advocate - September 2007

Score: 90 point

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Ripe and resonant with minty, cedary cherry, plum and currant flavors, finishing rich and beautifully integrated, the tannins polished and the flavors sailing on nicely Best from 2008 through 2013.

Wine Spectator Insider - September 20, 2006

Score: 92 point

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Merlot


2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley

"Polished and supple, with ripe flavors of red berry and dark cherry.

Almost syrupy in intensity, this is balanced with mineral nuances

and buffed to a sheen on the finish. Drink now through 2019"

Wine Spectator Insider - September 17, 2013

 

91 Points


2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley

"This 100% Merlot came from select Walla Walla, Columbia Valley and Red Mountain sites. It displays a deep, brilliant ruby color and attractive aromas of boysenberry, plum and cassis, with scents of rose petals and spiced incense. Ripe fruits fill the mouth, with intermixtures of licorice, cocoa, mocha and variegated earth minerals. The ripeness continues on the back with crushed berried, plum liqueur and dried orange peel. A push of bright fruit acids lifts the wine on through a lingering, moderately oaked, sweet-dry tannin finish."

Review of Washington Wines - September 2013

Rand Sealey

18.5/20 Points

 

2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley

"With fruit drawn from Clifton Hills, Dionysus, Artz and the Seven Hills vineyard, this pretty, elegant wine showcases the broad strenghts of the Columbia Valley. Raspberry and cherry fruit carries a streak of licorice and a whiff of toast. Perfumed and bright with natural acidity, this is a wine to enjoy now and in the near term."

Wine Enthusiast - November 2013

Paul Gregutt

90 Points


 

2009 Merlot, Columbia Valley

"Smooth and round, this is a lovely mouthful of cherry, spice, wet earth and sage flavors, finishing with generosity and complexity without excess weight. Drink now through 2016."

Wine Spectator Insider - July 20, 2011

Harvey Steiman

91 Points

 

2008 Merlot, Columbia Valley

"This Columbia Valley Merlot is true to the character of the region, with a firm structure and plenty of meat on the bones. Although tightly wound at this stage of its evolution, the '08 from Seven Hills exhibits layers of restrained red and black fruit aroma that will likely plump up and flesh out as the wine gains a bit of cellar age. It is drinkable now, but not quite ready for prime time. Give it another year in the bottle and you will think it's a different wine; a better wine."

winereviewonline.com - May 3, 2011

Robert Whitley

88 Points

 

"A bit spicy on the nose with a peppery top note and some cocoa nib accents to the black berry/cherry fruit. The oak becomes more assertive with air. Nice richness on entry with a soft, caressing texture. The tannins are really well covered by the rich fruit, which is fresh and a touch jammy, but not particularly sweet or sticky. In fact, the integrated acidity helps lighten up the mid-palate and gives this a fine, balanced feel. The tannins pop a bit in the mouth, breaking up the silken texture and adding a touch of spice on the backend and onto the finish, which ends with a bit of woody spice and licorice. This needs a year, maybe two, to let the tannins mellow a bit but it’s already attractive and can only improve."

Snooth.com - April 7, 2011

Gregory Dal Piaz

90 Points

 

"Penetrating aromatically, spicy and complex, this brings in sharp berry scents, baking chocolate and a streak of herb. It’s tight and vertically structured, and once in the mouth it turns a bit hard and unyielding. But it lingers and resonates, improves after being open for several hours, and can be cellared for up to a decade."

Wine Enthusiast, September 2010 Issue

Paul Gregutt

91 Points, Editor's Choice

 

“Medium garnet in color, this wine has a nose of plum, tobacco, and chocolate aromas. In the mouth it is wonderfully pure, with plum and cherry flavors and the signature of sweet oak used at just the right amount to provide a touch of smoky vanilla to the wine. Juicy and delicious, this is a crowd pleaser of a wine.” 

 

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: around 9.

2007 Merlot, Columbia Valley

"Reds From Washington State"

"Mark Oldman here, out in a hurricane in Seattle and to prove a point, and that is how much I love Washington State Reds. And how, despite Seattle's sogginess, Washington State Reds can show incredible depth and pluminess and richness. Here's an example, Seven Hills Merlot. I know what you're saying, 'Merlot it can't be good.' No, no, no, no, no. Don't listen to Miles in Sideways. Merlot when done right, like when its done from Washington State, can be very delicious. This is twenty dollars, and guess what, it has amazing depth of fruit, some sweet spice, a little bit of licorice, and even some mocha. I call, in my new book, Washington state reds, regally robust. They show both elegance and also power. Everyone in my new book from Dan Aykroyd to Jason Presley to the late Lynn Redgrave loves Washington state reds, and so do I. Please, drink it, its a great value you'll be drinking bravely."

"Drink Bravely with Mark Oldman - October 2010

Mark Oldman

"Top Ten Value Wines"

"Fruit for this Merlot was selected from several vineyards within Washington’s Columbia Valley. This 2007 vintage entices with aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and sweet oak tones of spiced toffee. The wine also exhibits gentle structure with brightness and a dry finish."

Novus Vinum/Gayot.com - March 2010

Good

 

“Dark garnet in color, this wine smells of plum, tobacco, and wet wood. In the mouth it offers plum and vanilla flavors that are juicy and delicious but somewhat candied in quality. The finish is airy and the acidity is good, making this an easy, if a bit ditzy, wine to drink.”

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: between 8 and 8.5

"Fruit for this Merlot was selected from several vineyards within Washington's Columbia Valley. This 2007 vintage entices with aromas of ripe plumb, blackberry, and sweet oak tones of spiced toffee. The wine also exhibits gentle structure with brightness and a dry finish."

Noted as a top 10 value wine.

Gayot.com - February 26, 2010

Score: 14/20 points

"Blackberry and spicy-sweet oak aromas give way to blackberry fruit flavor, accented by touches of vanilla. the wine's tannins are fairly soft, and its texture is nice and silky."

Wine Review Online - January 19, 2010

Tina Caputo

Score: 87 point

"Soft, open-textured and brimming with cherry, coffee and pain grilled aromas and flavored, lingering nicely on the deftly balanced finish."

Wine Spectator - January 15, 2010 Web-only

Harvey Steiman

"Very good"

"The wine sports a plummy cherry color with a dash of cinnamon overlaying the fruit fragrance. Black cherry on the palate with touches of cocoa. Velvety mouthfeel. Serve with Chinese duck, roast pork loin with cherry glaze."

Chicago Tribune.com - January 13, 2010

Bill Daley

"A substantial Merlot, with bright red berry and cherry fruit enhanced by an attractive green, slightly herbal note (due perhaps to the inclusion of a small dollop of Cabernet Franc), this wine delivers considerable pleasure at a fair price. It's clearly better than many, indeed most, west coast Cabernets costing less than $30, so don't make the mistake of assuming that Merlot has to play second fiddle."

Wine Review Online - December 15, 2009

Paul Lukacs

Score: 90 points

"Very nice and restrained on the nose with complex gravel, earth and ash soil tones balanced by perfumy floral and tobacco notes. There is a touch of woody sweetness as well as hints of cocoa and licorice but in an elegant and balanced whole. In the mouth this is lean and transparent with a natural feel to the slightly fudgy toned dark berry fruit. The aromas of oak gain a certain prominence in the mouth though they relinquish control to sweet wild berry and candied plum tones on the moderately long finish which ends with a touch of mint. A merlot to please almost any palate."

Snooth.com - December 2, 2009

Gregory Del Piaz

Score: 88 points

Chosen in Top Washington Wine Picks for 2009

Seattle Times - November 30, 2009

Paul Gregutt

#87

"Lovely balance and elegant palate weight are among the most attractive aspects of this 13.5 alcohol merlot from Washington's Columbia Valley, where Merlot seems to thrive. What this wine lacks in power it makes up for in purity of fruit expression and food-friendliness. It shows pretty plum and red currant aromas, with hints of spice and firm acidity. Good value at or around $20 a bottle."

Wine Review Online - October 20, 2009

Robert Whitley

Score: 89 points
 

2012 Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard

"Bright ruby-red. Serious, deep aromas of cassis, licorice tar and red rose. Densely packed, chewy and sweet, with captivating mineral and floral elements adding definition and lift to the wine's plush texture. A tactile, fine-grained midweight with a balance and flavor interest to give early pleasure and the stuffing to age."

vinous - December 2014

Stephen Tanzer

91 points

"From an old block, this Merlot shows a deep, brilliant ruby color and a lovely, perfumed nose of wild strawberries, red cherries, red plums, and cassis, with scents of rose petals, bayberries, violets, and white incense. The silky flavors are lavish and seductive, marked by notes of red licorice, cocoa powder, breakfast roast, and silty minerals. The back reveals sensations of gently squeezed berries, fraise and cerise liqueurs, and touches of suede leather, dried orange peel, and marzipan, followed by a lingering, moderately oaked (40% new French) fruit forward, lightly spiced, satiny tannin finish. "

Review of WA Wines - October 2014

Rand Sealey

19/20 points


 

2011 Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard

Gorgeous on the nose with very clear bitter dark chocolate, toasty oak, plum, black currant and floral aromas.  Tense, firm and coiled on the palate this displays nice blue fruit and blue flowers early on the palate. The tannins are very fine grained and lend this an elegant and powerful feel  in a Bordeaux kind of way. The midpalate is classic merlot showing hints fo silkiness already and lovely red currant fruit with integrated wood spice and a lovely herbal framing note. The fruit retains great transparency and tension in the mouth. This is already very attractive but should improve over the medium term.

Snooth.com - January 2014

Greg Del Piaz

92 Points

 

2011 Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard

Entirely estate-grown, 100% Merlot from old vines, this unfined wine is labeled vegan. Plush, briary, brambly fruit from the 30 year old vinesyard brings and extra dimension to the wine, which shows a lovely balance of cranberry, raspberry, pie cherry and baking spice flavors. There's a hint of pastry crust in the finish, which is seamless and long. An absolute delight.

Wine Enthusiast - 11/1/13

Paul Gregutt

93-Points - Editors' Choice

 

This 100% Merlot exhibits a brilliant crimson color and a lovely, perfumed nose of wild raspberries, plums, red currants, mulberry, lavender, violets and clove. The red/blue fruit flavors are deep and precise, marked by notes of red licorice, cocoa powder, breakfast roast, and loess earth minerals. The back picks up framboise liqueur, toast and nuts, followed by  a lengthy spice and herb tinged ripe sweet-dry tannin finish. With elegant aromatics, it gets 19/20 points.

Review of Washington Wines - September 2013

Rand Sealey

19/20 Points

 

2010 Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard

Vibrant, with a plush texture to the foucused currant, violet and flint flavors, shaded with crisp tannins. The finish lingers effortlessly. Best from 2014 through 2020.

Wine Spectator - May 22, 2013

Harvey Steiman

91 Points

 

2009 Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard

Skillfully made, blended with 9% Cabernet Franc, all estate-grown, this long and lovely Merlot captivates with sophisticated, elegant styling. The Franc brings some floral highlights to the nose; while the sturdy Merlot, dressed in accents of incense and sandalwood, cocoa and cinnamon, powers its way through a marvelously long finish.

Wine Enthusiast - September 2012

Paul Gregutt

Editors' Choice - 93 Points

 

2008 Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard

Right out of the chute this has sappy, delicious black cherry fruit, accented with scents of tobacco and graphite. Streaks of ash and more juicy berries fill the middle, as it unfolds into a taut, sculpted finish. A classical style from a vintage that favors it; accessible, yet built for cellaring.”

Wine Enthusiast - Spring 2011

Paul Gregutt

93 Points

 

"Aged for 20 months in 40% new French oak. Spice box, tobacco leaf, violets, herbs and black currants compose the nose of this smooth-textured, easy-going, well-balanced Merlot. It is likely to evolve for 1-2 years but can be approached now."

Wine Advocate - September 2011

 Jay Miller

90 Points

2007 Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard

“Medium to dark garnet in the glass, this wine has a nose of plum and black cherry fruit aromas. In the mouth it offers plum and tobacco flavors with a clean, glassy quality helped by nice acidity. A faint funkiness hangs in the finish and keeps the wine from being too dainty. Nice acidity makes it easy to drink.”

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: around 8.5

 

Excerpt from "Washington and Oregon treasures"

"Dark, intense and rich. Then subtle on the palate. Excellent depth. Smooth, well mannered and long. Not shouting but talking quietly."

JancisRobinson.com - February 24, 2010

Julie Harding MW

Score: 17 points (out of 20): Superior

"Aromas of blackberry, cherry and spice, this wine has flavors of blackberries, vanilla and spice. It has good tannic structure and just enough acidity for balance."

Wine Review Online - February 16, 2010<

Tina Caputo

Score: 88 points

"Smooth, with spicy, floral overtones to the solid currant and blackberry flavors, lingering easily. drink now through 2013. 465 cases made."

Very Good

Wine Spectator - January 15, 2010 Web-only

Harvey Steiman

Selected as "Wine Pick to accompany pearl onion and celery stuffing with juniper and garlic."

"Dark cherry and forest-floor notes resonate with juniper in the pearl onion stuffing."

Sunset Magazine - November 2009

Recommended November 26, 2009

Florida Sun-Sentinel, Bob Hosmon

2006 Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard

Featured as a pairing in "Seven Hills at Napa Cafe"

"Dark chocolate pate with fresh raspberries paired with Seven Hills Merlot 2006 Seven Hills Vineyard."

The Mid-Town Stomp: A Memphis Wine Journal

February 17, 2010

Michael Hughes

"Smooth and round, with an orange peel edge to the spicy black cherry flavors, finishing polished and generous."

Wine Spectator - November 2008

Harvey Steiman

Score: 90 points

"A very distinctive style of merlot with a cherry, berry, herbal nose with a lovely berry, herb and spice flavors. Very complex and appealing."

The Annapolis Capital - October 28, 2009

Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr

2006 Merlot, Columbia Valley

"Made from grapes grown in the Walla Walla, Red Mountain and Yakima Valley regions, this medium-bodied Merlot has aromas of of blackberry, plum and spice, along with a subtle herbal note. Easy to drink, but with some nice structure to keep the wine from being too soft. Bonus: the alcohol level is only $13.5%."

Wine Review Online - July 7, 2009

Tina Caputo

Score: 90 points

2005 Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard

Wine Advocate - June 2008

Score: 90 points

2004 Merlot, Columbia Valley

"The grapes come from Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge, DuBrul and Artz vineyards - a very fine group indeed. There's no slip in quality here, just a bit of added richness and darker fruits than in the previous vintage. Blackberry puree laced with coffee liqueur dominates this open, accessible, and thoroughly enjoyable wine. Nicely balanced and showing its youthful freshness in a clean and softly seductive style. -PG."

Wine Enthusiast - August 1, 2007

Score: 89 points

2003 Merlot, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

"Composed of 83 % Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc and aged in 35% new French oak, this dark ruby-colored wine emits a complex bouquet of spice box, menthol, cassis, and cherry. Velvety on the palate, it delivers oodles of sweet fruit, superior depth and outstanding length. This hedonistic Merlot can be enjoyed now through 2020."

Wine Advocate - August 2007

Score: 92 points

2000 Merlot, Reserve, Columbia Valley

"Ripe and generous, nicely balanced to keep everything crisp, offering plenty of plum and currant flavors, which echo nicely on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2006."

Wine Spectator - June 15, 2003

Score: 90 points

"Firm, tense and grounded. Yet, even so, it's hard not to compare this young wine's aromas and flavors to a dark, chewy, chocolate cake - the burnt edges and cocoa tannins, the dark raspberry filling inside. Let the fruit evolve for a few years, let it eat some of the tannin and it should take on a more complex expression."

Wine & Spirits - June 2003

Score: 90 points

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Malbec


2012 Malbec, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

 

Wine Enthusiast - December 2014

 

92Points

"This is the sixth vintage from an early adopter of this varietal. It displays a deep ruby color and a smoky nose of blackberry, cherry, blueberry, and plum, with scents of black roses, mulberry, violets, and cracked pepper. The medium full bodied dark fruit flavors are firmly cored, intermixed with licorice, cocoa, French roast and minerals. The back reveals dense fruits, blueberry preserves, and charcoal, followed by a light dusting of spices and herbs (nutmeg, coriander, sage, thyme) on the ripe, fine grained tannin finish. "

Review of WA Wines - October 2014

Rand Sealey

18.5/20 Points

2011 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley

"Casey McClellan blended 15% Merlot into this vintage - the most ever - and has crafted a bright, sappy wine with vivid flavors of spiced apples and raspberries. There's a distinct scent of cinnamon, perhaps from the use of Hungarian oak barrels, (30% new.) Thoroughly delicious and surprisingly deep in this lighter vintage."

Wine Enthusiast - November 2013

Paul Gregutt

91 Points

2009 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley

"Pure, almost crystalline in its expression of fruit, this 100% Malbec captures the essence of mountain berries. Juicy, young and perfectly balanced, it suggests a range of notes from tangerine to blueberry to wild raspberries."

Wine Enthusiast - September 2012

Paul Gregutt

Editors' Choice - 92 Points

2008 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley

"A wonderfully inviting nose leads into a juicy young Malbec that’s packed with fresh raspberry and blueberry fruit, and accented with scents of pine needle and spicy, gin-soaked orange peel. The acid and fruit impact is immediate and powerful; the tannins almost silky. The finish gracefully extends the pleasure. " 91 Points

Wine Enthusiast - Spring 2011

Paul Gregutt

2007 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley

"This was my first experience with a Washington State Malbec and I was not disappointed. So if you are a die-hard Malbec fan, yet want to stick to American wines for Thanksgiving then this is the wine for you. Deliciously juicy with lots of ripe bramble fruit, sweet spice and clove. Smooth mouthfeel with supple tannin giving just enough grip."

The Kitchen - November 2010

Mary Gorman-McAdams

"Best Buy"

"Purple majesty. The wine's fruit, in the mulberry/blueberry mode, is so inky in color it seems to draw in light. The flavors are deep and extracted, with a structure that would benefit from some cellaring; then serve with a bone-in ribeye."

Wine & Spirits - October 2010

Patrick Comiskey

90 Points

Best Buy

Wine and Spirits Magazine

90 points

"This pure Malbec is a blueberry pie wine right down to its bones, with refreshing acidity and some steely tannins right behind. It also has a lovely floral note that comes out strongly with some hours of breathing."

Wine Enthusiast, September 2010 Issue

90 Points

2006 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley

Excerpts from Washington is Making Malbec Worthy of Note

"The first malbec vines went into the ground in Walla Walla in the late 1990s. Seven Hills Winery began producing varietal malbec in 2001, and with each new vintage, more wineries join the list."

"Here are recommended malbecs ... Seven Hills (2006 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley)."

Seattle Times - January 10, 2010

Paul Gregutt

"Winemaker Casey McClellan's 2006 Malbec trips your taste buds with a bright fruit presence. Hints of blueberry, passion fruit, and spice straddle the nicely balanced, well-crafted red wine. Although ready for drinking now, the wine could easily be cellared for a few more years - assuming you can keep your hands off it for that long. Distributed by New Glarus-based Select Sellars, McClellan's Malbec is one of seven wines now available in Wisconsin from Seven Hills Winery in eastern Washington's Walla Walla Valley. Each is a welcome addition to Wisconsin's growing wine cellar."

Brava Magazine - January 2010

Michael and Jean Muckian

"...it rolls over the tongue and explodes on the palate sensuously..."

Paul Gregutt - May 2009

www.paulgregutt.com

OUTSTANDING!

Wine Press Northwest - March 2009

The Wine Enthusiast - November 2008

Score: 90 points

Wine Advocate - June 2008

Score: 91 points

2005 Malbec, Walla Walla Valley

"A blend from three sites including some estate fruit, this 100% Malbec from young vines was aged in Hungarian oak. Dark ruby-colored, it offers a delightfully exotic perfume of spice box, leather, clove, crushed violets, and wild raspberries. Supple on the palate, this medium-bodied effort has excellent balance and a 45+ second finish."

Wine Advocate - September 2007

Score: 92 points

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Carmenere

2006 Carmenere, Walla Walla Valley

OUTSTANDING!

Wine Press Northwest - March 2009

"...This is immaculate, with hints of dried herb under wild berry fruit..."

Paul Gregutt - May 2009

www.paulgregutt.com

"Generous, open-textured and distinctive for its warm, enveloping range of plum, blueberry and toast flavors, remaining supple through the expansive finish."

Wine Spectator Insider - March 2009

Score: 91 points

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Syrah

2005 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

"Initial scents of cassis and dried, spiced meat give way to black cherry flavor, accented by black pepper notes. Its chewy texture and sweet spice call for barbecue."

Wine & Spirits - June 2008 Best Buy

Score: 89 points

"Smooth and round. Bubbles over with juicy black currant, plum and spice flavors, hinting at mineral as the finish persists. Drink now through 2012."

-H.S.

Wine Spectator - May 2008

Score: 90 points

"Weighty and meaty aromas offer intriguing combinations of black pepper and lavender, plum and cola, and even blueberryand earth. These notes also appear on the lush palate, along with accents of peach, stem, and green tea. Laid back, plush tannins and grapey, bright acidity combine to create a youthful yet substantial character. All in all, this is a complex and highly satisfying Syrah. Serve with rosemary and garlic leg of lamb."

Northwest Palate - March/April 2008

2004 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

**Editor's Choice**

"This is a spendid Walla Walla Syrah, co-fermented with Viognier from the Dwelley Vineyard. Penetrating and complex, its aromas border on the exotic, and there is so much going on in the nose that you almost forget to taste it! It captures the unique lifted, citrus and spice flavors of great Washington Syrah, adding in tangy cinnamon and spiced plum though a long silky finish." -P.G.

Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide - August 1, 2007.

Score: 92 points

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Petit Verdot

 

 

2012 Petit Verdot, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

"This is a fine rendition of a grape that is not often bottled as a varietal. It shows a brilliant crimson color and seductive aromas of wild strawberries, red cherries, currants, attar of rose, violets, and wafts of oriental incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics with silky, yet deep and forceful, red and blue fruit flavors that are interwoven with licorice, cocoa powder, black tea, and silty minerals. The back picks up pressed berry juices, dried cherries, kirsch, and crème de cassis, all gliding effortlessly into a lingering, judiciously oaked (40% new French) sweet-dry smooth tannin finish. "

Review of WA Wines - October 2014

Rand Sealey

19/20 Points

2011 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley

"This is very spicy on the nose with all the ink, floral, wild flowers,  cassia bark, and quinine, aromas you could want layered in with spicy oak. A big wine, though opulent, and already velvety in the mouth this has a simply fantastic mouthfeel. there’s some wood tannin lurking in all that soft fruit adding density here but this is reigned in enough to not feel chewy on the palate. Wonderfully floral huckleberry and black currant fruit drapes across the tongue with blue flowers and a little meaty herb on the backend add detail to the transition to the leading to a big, lifted finish. This is a very complete wine, already incredibly attractive but showing great promise for the future as well."

Snooth.com - January 2014

Greg Dal Piaz

93 Points

 

2009 Petit Verdot, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

"This is unusually smooth and silky for Petit Verdot – 100% varietal, with the floral aromas of the grape matched to deep flavors of cassis and smoky espresso. The tannin management is spot on.."

Wine Enthusiast - September 2012

Paul Gregutt

92 Points

2008 Petit Verdot, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

"Scents of purple plum and smoke give way to this wine's dense flavors, the structuring feeling monolithic for now. Cellar to serve with smoked brisket."

Wine & Spirits - June 2012

Best Buy

88 Points

 

"Pure varietal, with a bouquet of violets, berries, a bit of green herb and a whiff of green coffee. Nicely balanced, with great aromatic complexity. It’s dense without being heavy or thick, and the fruit shines right on through the finish."

Wine Enthusiast - Spring 2011

Paul Gregutt

90 Points

 

"was sourced entirely from the Minnick Hills Vineyard and spend 20 months in 40% new Franch oak. Spicey black fruits, floral notes, and espresso lead to a structured, dense, savory, medium-bodied wine that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring. Drink this impressive Petit Verdot from 2014-2023."

Wine Advocate - September 2011

Jay Miller

91 Points

2007 Petit Verdot, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

"The grape's floral component plays against its dense and inky tannins, making this a complete and relatively soft version of pure Petit Verdot. It fills in the usual midpalate hole with juicy fruit and softened tannins. It glides—not a word usually found with this as a varietal—into a silky, fruity, sweetly floral finish."

Wine Enthusiast, September 2010 Issue

Paul Gregutt

91 Points, Editor's Choice

2006 Petit Verdot, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

"Distinctly earthy, with the loamy, spicy character more prominent than the tight core of black currant fruit. Best after 2009."

Wine Spectator - July 2009

Harvey Steiman

Score: 87 points

OUTSTANDING!

Wine Press Northwest - March 2009

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Tempranillo

2007 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley

"Interesting! Offering medium-bodied, aromatic, deep black cherry laced with fresh tobacco, and touches of earthy herbal notes, smoke and sweet vanilla, with bright acidity from beginning to end. Ready to drink now and over the next 4 years."

WineSkinny.com, February 24, 2011

Robyn Tinsley

 

"Smoky and savory, with sharp acidity under black cherry fruit. It's still pulling itself together, but the weight and balance are there, showing hints of tobacco leaf, mint and herb."

Wine Enthusiast, September 2010 Issue

Paul Gregutt

89 Points

2006 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley

"The grapes for this Tempranillo are sourced from two vineyards in Washington's Columbia Valley, both of which are among the oldest plantings in the Northwest. The medium-bodied style has notes of dark cherry fruit, rhubarb, smoke and savory herb; The finish is clean and dry with mild tannins. This wine will cellar exceptionally well for four to six years."

Gayot.com - September 2010

Excerpt from "Wines of the Year"

"Another light bodied red that really took off and saw strong and sustained demand from our customers is Tempranillo, specifically from Seven Hills Winery and owner / winemaker Casey McClellan. Casey is one of our favorite folks in Walla Walla, so it is great news for us to see his wine so well received."

Coeur d'Alene Press - February 24, 2010

George Balling

Featured as a pairing in "Seven Hills at Napa Cafe"

"Duck Confit Tostada paired with Seven Hills Tempranillo 2006."

The Mid-Town Stomp: A Memphis Wine Journal

February 17, 2010

Michael Hughes

"This producer seems to specialize in making well-priced, well-balanced reds that have richness but are definitely not 'over the top' in any way. this Tempranillo has a lovely, just medium-intense aroma of dark cherry, spice and vanilla, and flavors of cherry, spice, and slight earthiness that are somewhat more intense than the aroma. The wine is closer to medium-bodied than full-bodied, with velvety texture, good concentration of fruit character and a juiciness that seems specific to Tempranillo in the winery's red lineup. It finishes with the impression of ripe fruit. Bottom line this is a fine red that walks the line between European and New World styling and is eminently drinkable with a meal (especially spicy food)."

Wine Review Online - February 16, 2010

Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Score: 89 points

"Tight and relatively backward, but its aroma is spot-on red currant with traces of roasted nuts and faint hints of roses. The palate is tart with a superb crispness to match with many types of foods."

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences - January 21, 2010

"Exceptional"

 

“Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of violets, cassis and mulberries. In the mouth mulberries and cassis flavors dominate, swirling amidst dusty, soft tannins and a nice floral note that persists through the finish. Not quite the flavors I expect from tempranillo, but quite tasty nonetheless.” 

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: between 8.5 and 9.

"Spanish wines have long been known for their food friendliness and great value, so it's no surprise that one of Spain's most prominent grapes, Tempranillo, which does well in Washington is being grown by one of Walla Walla's top wineries, Seven Hills, with strong success. This lighter-bodied red gives aromas of "garrique" - dried herbs, sage, lavender and dust - all those sunny climate aromas that are at home in eastern Washington as well as La Rioja. Pair it with lamb burgers."

Seattle Magazine - August 2009

20 Best Washington Wines Under $20

Shannon Borg & Jake Kosseff

"...an elegant take on the grape, a good food wine..."

Paul Gregutt - May 2009

www.paulgregutt.com

2005 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley

"Aged in 100% American oak (like a goodly number of Riojas) this 100% varietal wine exhibits a medium ruby color and a fragrant nose of cedar, spice box, tobacco, and red cherry. This is followed by a medium-bodied wine with spicy, birght red fruits , and an excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity. The lengthy, pure finish suggests that this excellent Tempranillo will drink well for up to a decade."

Wine Advocate - August 2007

Score: 89 points

2003 Tempranillo, Columbia Valley

"- Here's a rarity - pure Walla Walla Tempranillo - dark and gamey and exotic. It instantly fascinates you from the first sniff. What a truly beguiling blend of roasted meats, vanilla, licorice, clove and black cherry."

Wine Advocate - August 2005

Score 89 points

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Riesling

 

2011 Riesling, Columbia Valley

"A bit candied on the nose and just a touch funky, reduced though with air this begins to reveal layers of earthy, minty, camphor and chalky aromas.  A bit sweet on entry, though with plenty of zesty acids adding zip to the slightly exotic flavors of  a little strawberry fruit, then a hint of mango. More interesting than your typical citrus bomb, though lime and lemon floods the palate on the finish with some interesting stony mineral accents offering a bit of a contrast. before finishing with a hint of pink grapefruit and a suggestion of pithy bitterness on the long finish. Sweet/tart deliciousness. "

Snooth.com - January 2014

Gregory Dal Piaz

90 Points
 

2011 Riesling, Columbia Valley

"Light and tangy, with a mineral edge to the fresh pear flavors, finishing off-dry. Drink now. 4,000 cases made."

Wine Spectator - Web Only 2013

Harvey Steiman

87 Points

 

2010 Riesling, Columbia Valley

"Made in a Kabinett syle with 10.9% alcohol, 1.8% residual sugar and plenty of natural acidity. Aromas of mineral, citrus, and sping flowers inform the nose of a crisp, refreshing wine that is ideal for use as an aperitif."

Wine Advocate - September 2011

Jay Miller

90 Points

 

2009 Riesling, Columbia Valley

"Green apples, apple blossoms, honey and lime greet the nose. This enters the mouth with pronounced sweetness, but the strong acid backbone is able to establish good dynamic balance. The flavors are fresh and very much in the lemon/lime leaf end of the register. The finish shows a bit more overt sweetness and fine length, ending with a nice mineral accent on the finale."

Snooth.com - April 7, 2011

Gregory Dal Piaz

89 Points

 

"A really stunning Riesling, and a fantastic value. With pretty, mouthwatering aromas of honeysuckle, green apple, lemon zest, green fig and mineral notes that repeat on the palate, along with crisp pear. Lithe, refreshing, slightly off-dry but with such bright acidity that you hardly even notice. Long, complex finish. Ready to drink now and over the next 3-4 years. (2011-02-17)"

WineSkinny.com, February 24, 2011

Robyn Tinsley 

 

"This lovely Riesling has aromas of green apple and minerals, with bright, tangy flavors of green apple and a touch of honey. It's not bone dry, but is wonderfully balanced with crisp acidity. This is a great value at less than $15."

Wine Review Online - October 5, 2010

Tina Caputo

91 Points

"One of the most underrated Rieslings from Washington, Seven Hills always delivers the goods. This is off-dry but drinks as dry. Bonus: the alcohol is around 11%. Wonderfully fragrant and stony, it seems dusted with lemon and honey, tea and a hint of orange marmalade. In the mouth it turns rich and substantial, yet the floral highlights remain. Best Buy."

Wine Enthusiast - October 2010

Paul Gregutt

91 Points

"Washington Riesling, Wine of the Week<"

"Notes of honeyed tropical fruits and honeysuckle, as well as juicy green apples, make their way to a clean finish in this off-dry wine."

Kristine Hansen - October 7, 2010

"This is crisp, a little sweet, with some drying mineral notes. And at 11 percent, it's lower in alcohol. Your instincts will tell you it goes with the poultry, but its acidity will cut through the fat in the ham even better."

Austin 360 - November 2010

Mike Sutter

Best Buy

Wine Enthusiast - October 2010

91 points

"Lush aromas of very ripe stone fruits of summer – peaches and nectarines along with a floral/herbal touch. Deliciously balanced on the palate between a lightly sweet, fruity wine and a crisp, clean finish. The fruit lingers on the palate with that bit of sweetness. Delicious, perfect summer wine."

KCBS News - August 2, 2010

Narsai David

2008 Riesling, Columbia Valley

“Palest greenish-gold in color, this wine has a nose of green apples and wet stones with a hint of lime aromas. In the mouth the wine offers green apple, lime juice, and a very slightly sweet margarita flavor on the finish. Nice acidity, but somewhat simple flavors.”

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: around 8.5

 

"Light and fragrant, with pretty pear, floral and lemon zest aromas and flavors, lingering easily."

Wine Spectator - April 30, 2010

Harvey Steiman

Score: 89 points

Excerpt from "Three Bargains"

"An attractive Washington state refresher."

Newsday - March 4, 2010

Peter Gianotti

Featured as a pairing in "Seven Hills at Napa Cafe"

"Seared Scallops with brown butter, granny smith paired with Seven Hills Riesling 2008."

"The food was fantastic and the wines paired so well. I was especially pleased with how well thought out the pairings were. The scallop dish was lacking some acidity when tasted on its own. But when tasted with the riesling it all made sense. the wine gave that acidity that the dish needed. Delicious."

The Mid-Town Stomp: A Memphis Wine Journal

February 17, 2010

Michael Hughes

Excerpt from "Washington Is On A Roll With The Sweet Stuff"

"...the Seven hills Riesling, Columbia Valley tastes more melon-y."

Minneapolis Star-Tribune - February 17, 2010

Bill Ward

Seven Hills Riesling & Some Roman Style Gnocchi

"This racy, bright Riesling is a blend from Evergreen, Willard & Snipes Vineyards. At 11% alcohol is light, lithe & refreshing on the palate. Its crisp & clean with electric acidity that was perfect as an aperitif."

To read full article, click here.

Midtown Stomp - A Memphis Food and Wine Blog

December, 18, 2009

Michael Hughes

"The aromas here are nice and pure with notes of green apple skins and almost steely minerality. With air notes of greengage plum, ivy, and apricots start to emerge. The off-dry tones of grapey fruit are supported by fine acids, which support the rich, almost figgy fruit giving this excellent balance, though I would like to have seen more freshness to the flavors. Even though this is noticeably sweet it does finish with excellent tension, length and balance. Great Value."

Snooth.com - December 2, 2009

Gregory Del Piaz

Score: 89 points

"Honeyed apple flavors will appeal to those who prefer wines on the sweeter side. Also has a nice match for sugary dishes such as sweet potatoes."

Recommended in Red Eye (Chicago's Free Daily Newspaper)

November 25, 2009

Alpana Singh

"But we're talking turkey specifically - and it is the Seven Hills Winery 2008 Riesling, Columbia Valley, that's a hit-the-spot choice for the big feast...It will please the sweet drinkers because it is off-dry. And it also has a crisp mineral edge that shows why food-friendly Riesling is finding its way onto an increasing number of restaurant wine lists."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - November 15, 2009

Anne Schamberg

"'Succulent' best describes this fruit bowl of a wine. Its flavors are rich and ripe, but the wine never seems heavy or excessive, due in large measure to its crisp, refreshing acidity. Though not as complex as some renditions of this varietal on the market, few wines can top it for sheer pleasure."

Wine Review Online - November 10, 2009

Paul Lukacs

Score: 89 points

"With floral aromas of apple, citrus and mineral, this pretty screwcapped Riesling has fresh apple and citrus flavors. It has just a touch of sweetness, balanced nicely by the wine's acidity. The wine weighs in at just 12% alcohol, so you can enjoy another glass without pushing yourself over the edge."

Wine Review Online - June, 2009

Tina Caputo

Score: 89 points

2007 Riesling, Columbia Valley

"The combination of delicate shellfish with fiery Cajun seasonings is challenging. It can clobber subtle whites you would normally pair with fish. But fruity Riesling can both pair with the fish and handle the heat".

Cooking Light - September 2009

Jeffrey Lindenmuth

2006 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Featured in "Giving Riesling a Go". To read the article, click here.

The Wall Street Journal - June 27, 2008

Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecker

2005 Riesling, Columbia Valley

Riesling Rising

Our belief in and your enjoyment of this noble varietal has helped keep the promise of Washington Riesling alive. As Patrick Comiskey recently published in an article for the Los Angeles Times, "Washington's potential for great Rieslings has been hiding in plain sight for decades."

Riesling is enjoying a renaissance nationwide as word spreads of it's versatility with food and wide range of flavor. We are pleased our 2005 Riesling, Columbia Valley is recognized as one of the best. Mr.Comiskey's review of Seven Hills follows:

"Warm aromas of peach blossom meld with golden apple scents. There's a finely rendered sweetness on the palate, the fruit a cross between ripe apple and dry peach; a fresh, nicely delineated acidity gives contour."

Los Angeles Times - October 17, 2006

Patrick Comiskey

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Pinot Gris

 

2012 Pinot Gris, Oregon 

"Mineral on the nose and earthy, very polleny in fact and slightly honeycomb tinged apple fruit topped with a touch of smoke. Tense and mineral on entry this shows a little citrus accent on entry leading to a core of deep  pineapple and tart pear flavors. Very fresh and almost  almost salty on the backend, this displays a lovely return of pineapple and grapefruit fruit on the long finish with a linger touch of almond skin. This is super."

Snooth.com - January 2014

Greg Del Piaz

91 Points

 

2011 Pinot Gris, Oregon 

" A glorious, grapefruity,  lusciously fresh Pinot Gris, this new vintage from Seven Hills is made from a summer afternoon. This has notes of citrus and melon, with hightlights of mint and a hint of pepper, keeping it lively and interesting all through the refreshing finish."

Wine Enthusiast - October 2012

Paul Gregutt

91 Points

2009 Pinot Gris, Oregon

"Lovely stuff, with smooth, clean pear and melon aromas and flavors accented with touches of orange blossom, mint, citrus and vanilla, with a long supple finish. Ready to drink now. (2011-02-17)"

WineSkinny.com, February 24, 2011

Robyn Tinsley 

 

"Wine With…Pork Medallions with Wine-Braised Apples"

"Marked by flavors the echo ripe pears and sweet apples, this wine proved very complementary. Nothing about it stood out or seemed especially notable, but that is in no sense a criticism, as it meshed seamlessly with the many different flavors in the dish."

Wine Review Online - December 7, 2010

Paul Lukacs and Marguerite Thomas

" A fragrant burst of pear blossom, citrus, melon and green apple aromas lead into similar flavors. Elegant and spicy, this nicely captures the fleshiness of Oregon Pinot Gris. About 10% was finished in oak barrels, the rest in stainless."

Wine Enthusiast - October 2010

Paul Gregutt

89 Points

"Full bodied and supple, with medium intense character (banana, pear, peach, lemon peel, roasted nut), crisp acidity, and a long finish. Great value. Stars – Exceptional quality for its type and style; a superstar within its price category. Merits an extra special effort to purchase. Very highly recommended."

Restaurant Wine - October 2010

Ronn Wiegand

"Really vibrant juicy fruit. Crisp, mouthwatering with a medium-rich texture. Smooth and beautifully balanced showing lots of ripe stone fruit, yellow plum, flowers and hints of vanilla and spice. Persistent and refreshing finish."

The Kitchn - November 2010

Mary Gorman-McAdams

"This lovely wine has aromas of ripe pear and melon. It’s fresh and bright on the palate, with round pear flavor, with a touch of vanilla. Finishes clean."

Wine Review Online - November 30, 2010

Tina Caputo

88 points

Wine Enthusiast - October 2010

89 points

"Pale, straw color with ripe apple aromas, a bit of herb and just barely a touch of vanilla from the oak. A dry wine, but with a touch of sweetness on the palate. A nicely pleasant wine to just sip during a warm summer day. Would also be fine with an entree salad."

KCBS News - July 19, 2010

Narsai David

2008 Pinot Gris, Oregon

“Palest gold in the glass, this wine has a nose of vanilla custard and lemon. In the mouth it is somewhat plain, with innocuous flavors of lemon, pear, and vanilla. Sound, but unremarkable.”

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: between 7.5 and 8

 

"Full bodied and supple, with medium intense character (banana, pear, peach, lemon peel, roasted nut), crisp acidity, and a long finish. Great value. Stars - Exceptional quality for its type and style; a superstar within its price category. Merits an extra special effort to purchase. Very highly recommended.

Restaurant Wine - October 2010

Ronn Wiegand

"Elegant and fragrant, frizzy with focused peach, melon and citrus aromas and flavors, persisting on the lively finish."

Wine Spectator - April 30, 2010

Harvey Steiman

Score: 89 points

Excerpt from "Pot sticker wine pairings: Tasting of white wine and dumplings marks the Year of the Tiger."

"..This Oregon white has a clean, clear profile with notes of white flowers, pears and stone. The wine's high acidity paired well with the salty sweetness of the pork filling."

Chicago Tribune - January 29, 2010

Bill Daley

Score: 2 stars out of 4 stars: Good

"Brisk and juicy with tangy fruit and bright citrus and peach; clean, long and smooth."

The Tasting Panel Magazine - January / February, 2010

Score: 89 points

"Exotic and exhilarating, a flood of fresh citrus fruit including lemon and grapefruit combine with a splash of traditional pear and honeydew melon flavors. The moderate acids make this a versatile and food-friendly wine."

Statesman Journal - January 7, 2010

Annette Solomon

"Best Buy"

Review scheduled to be in the January issue.

The Tasting Panel Magazine

Score: 89 points.

"Pork is a red meat that drinks beautifully with white wine. Often, I choose Riesling, but in this case, with that creamy polenta on the plate, I need something with a little more roundness and heft. As always, I can't say enough about Pinot Gris from Oregon. Seven Hills Winery's Pinot Gris, Oregon brings the well-rounded body I'm looking for, with pear and citrus notes that will mesh well with the apricots in the pork tenderloin."

Wini Moranville and Charles Smothermon

December 7, 2009

"This is quite intense on the nose with a golden toned, fruit driven nose that is edged in candle wax and mineral tones. The mouthfeel is rich, with lots of ripe orchard fruits and fine acids. It’s a touch milky on the mid-palate with a light creamy, vanilla tone to the fruit that leads to a long, zesty finish with hints of toast, honey and hazelnut. A lovely wine that should improve for a year or two and be at it’s best from 2010 to 2012."

Snooth.com - December 2, 2009

Gregory Del Piaz,

Score: 88 points

Florida Sun-Sentinel, Bob Hosmon

Recommended November 26, 2009

"Here's a simple, zingy Pinot Gris, made in crisp style. It has aromas of grapefruit/citrus, along with fresh flavors of tart green apples. Although part of the wine -- 10% -- comes into contact with oak barrels, it's not evident in the wine. Try it with oysters."

Wine Review Online - November 24, 2009

Tina Caputo

Score: 87 points

"If you prefer a drier white, then strut yourself out to buy a bottle of Seven Hills Winery 2008 Pinot Gris, Oregon...You'll discover both ripe fruit and bright acidity. A better back-drop for Thanksgiving would be hard to find."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - November 15, 2009

Anne Schamberg

2007 Pinot Gris, Oregon

"Nice, fruity, peach nose with hints of hay. In the mouth, pear, citrus, fruit flavors make a very nice, quaffable drink."

The Annapolis Capital - October 28, 2009

Tom Marquardt & Patrick Darr

"With all the focus on Pinot Noir in Oregon, people sometimes overlook the state's other tasty Pinot: Gris. This one has a golden straw color, with melon and apple-pear aromas. It's a pretty, nicely rounded wine, with fresh pear-citrus flavors and lively acidity. Yum."

Wine Review Online - July, 2009

Tina Caputo

Score: 90 points

2004 Pinot Gris, Oregon

"Elegant and spicy, with a lively lift to the citrus and pear flavors. Nicely balanced with crisp acids."

Seattle Times - November 9, 2005.

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Viognier

2011 Viognier, Columbia Valley

"Fresh and spicy, this is tangy on balance, with floral, lychee and apricot flavors displayed on a polished frame. Drink now. 920 cases made.

Wine Spectator - March 31, 2013

Harvey Steiman

Score: 88 points

 

2010 Viognier, Columbia Valley

"Very nicely aromatic with hints of grilled pineapple over perfumed floral undertones and a bed of French toast dusted with vanilla, cinnamon and maple. A touch of wood sweetness greets the tougue. This firms up quickly to show good tension and acid spine supporting rather rich, fairly opulent floral peach fruit. There's a touch more pineapple on the back end along with a hint of lemongrass before this drifts away on the firm and fairly long finish. Really well made, they really nailed this even if it's not my style."

Snooth.com - March 2010

Greg Dal Piaz

Score: 91 points

"Smooth and spicy, with lots of tobacco and root beer overtones to the pear flavors. The finish features a raw edge. Drink now through 2014. 970 cases made." - H.S.

89 points

Wine Spectator - November 30, 2011

 

2009 Viognier, Columbia Valley

"Sunny, just-cut peach aromas mark this vibrant Viognier. On the palate there’s tension between rich, almost creamy fruit and bright minerality, pushed along by a clean bolt of acidity. Serve with a bowl of glass noodles with crab."

92 points

Wine & Spirits - December 2010

"Turkey Sipping Made Easy"

"Voluptuous but still bright and fresh with ripe fruit flavors."

Epicurious.com - November 2010

Leslie Sbrocco

"Viognier: Wine of the Week"

"Viognier is a delicate white wine. Each glass swims with floral aromas and a hint of tropical fruit that’s more easygoing than it is aggressively acidic. A good-quality Viognier has a balanced structure that effortlessly evolves into the finish. It’s also very versatile grape that can handle a cool-weather climate, as in Washington’s Columbia Valley (two we tasted are from this region), as well as hot-year-round states like Texas. Pasta dishes with rich white sauces pair well with Viognier, as does fish, or salads with bright, intensely flavored ingredients such as roasted beets, orange slices or sharp, creamy chevre."

Slashfood - October 28, 2010

Kristine Hansen

"Seven Viogniers from around the U.S. that we highly recommend."

"This was the most balanced of the Viogniers we tried, meaning it’s clean and flawless, not to mention a confident approach. Tropical-fruit flavors ride through to the finish. Rose petals are the dominant aroma on this wine too."

Slashfood - October 28, 2010

Kristine Hansen

"A charming wine from Washington's Columbia Valley, with a buttery, floral nose and a crisp yet voluptuous flavor. Think mango and apricot spritzed with lime. Serve with grilled pork chops and mango salsa, salmon with orange salsa. $20"

To read full review, please click here.

Chicago Tribune - August 25, 2010

Bill Daley

Wine Enthusiast - October 2010

90 points

 

 

 

2008 Viognier, Columbia Valley

   

   “Pale gold in the glass, this wine has a nose of canned peaches in syrup and fresh apricot aromas. In the mouth the wine is heavy on the tongue, with silky flavors of fresh and dried apricots, canned peaches, and hints of pink grapefruit on the finish. A tiny bit hot.”    

   

Vinography: A Wine Blog, January 20, 2011

Alder Yarrow

Score: between 8 and 8.5

 

"The Perfect Wines to Serve at Thanksgiving"

"Comforting cuisine down South often has a salty or fatty edge, so it helps to seek an element of contrast when picking a wine. Viognier doesn't have a huge following in America, but when properly made, this white delight of the Rhone Valley has all the richness of Chardonnay but more floral character. Seven Hills Viognier Talcott Vineyard, from Washington's Columbia Valley, is a pretty wine, pouring out honeysuckle and peach charm.

"Side Dish Pairing: Sweet Potatoes Puree with Streusel Topping. Sweet potato sides require a wine with some sweetness, but not at the sugar level of what's on the plate. The Viognier's smoky quality is heaven with the streusel topping, too.

Stuffing Pairing: Bread Stuffing with Crawfish, Bacon and Collard Greens. Viognier manages to work with all of the ingredients individually and together, bringing a light, spicy component to the party."

Epicurious.com - October 2010

Featured as a pairing in "Seven Hills at Napa Cafe"

"Roasted fresh figs stuffed with local goats cheese & orange blossom honey paired with Seven Hills Talcott Vineyard Viognier 2008."

The Mid-Town Stopmp: A Memphis Wine Journal

February 17, 2010

Michael Hughes

Excerpt from "Valentine's Day Tips: Wine"

"'White wines are also a romantic addition that go well with French cheeses, light seafoods or even sushi,' wine blogger Catie McIntyre Walker noted. She recommended Viognier, a white wine that is available at... and Seven Hills wineries."

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Online - February 10, 2010

"Even though Viognier is a pretty aromatic variety, it does work well with oak. Rich, viscous layers of ripe but bright fruit - creamy peach, apricot and tangerine. Spicy oak notes add complexity."

thekitchn.com - January 21, 2010

Mary Gorman-McAdams

"This subtly oaked Viognier has a medium straw color, along with aromas of honey and vanilla. The wine doesn't undergo malolactic fermentation, so it retains some of the crispness amid the soft, round flavors of peaches, vanilla, and spicy oak."

Wine Review Online - November 24, 2009

Tina Caputo

Score: 87 points

Wine Review Online - July 2009

Tina Caputo

Score: 90 points

The Wine Enthusiast - November 2008

Score: 90 points

2006 Viognier, Columbia Valley

"A pleasing rush of peaches, apricots, orange peel and lime greets the palate, as you first taste this Viognier from the Milbrandt Vineyards in Washington's hot climate Wahluke Slope AVA. This wine has been deftly handled, accenting the lushness of the fruit, minimizing the phenolics, and giving weight and nuance to the midpalate. There's a hint of honey and toast as well, and the 14.2% alcohol feels just right."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - December 1, 2007

Score 90 points

2004 Viognier, Columbia Valley

"Classic Viognier - a ripe, generous style with wonderful blood orange, apricot and exotic flavors on an ample, well-rounded frame."

Wine Spectator Insider - June 15, 2005

Score 89 points


 

 

Cabernet Franc

2012 Cabernet Franc, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Wine Enthusiast - December 2014

Score 92 points


 

Planing Mill Red

 

2009 Planing Mill Red, Columbia Valley

"A super value, the 2009 Planing Mill Red is an eight-grape blend that nonetheless shows lovely integration of fruit, subtle aromatics, and a seamless progression of well-balanced flavors. Cherry, chocolate, and buttered toast come into play, all done in an elegant and most appealing fashion."

Wine Enthusiast - May 11, 2012

Paul Gregutt

Editors' Choice - 90 Points

2008 Planing Mill Red, Columbia Valley

Wine Enthusiast - Editors' Choice

Score 90 points

 

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