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Seven Hills Winery "I recently tasted four wines from Washington's Seven Hills Winery and honestly liked each one of them. Founded in 1988 by Casey and Vicky McClellan, Seven Hills is based in the Walla Walla Valley and is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux-varietal reds. (Though the Tempranillo, Riesling and Pinot Gris that I tasted were so good, it’s hard to believe they can do this many diverse things this well…) 

The press materials note that Casey, who is also the winemaker, “highlights restrained oak, bright acidity and pure varietal flavors to create wines notable for their balance, structure and grace.” I would say that although it’s not the first time I’ve read such a claim, these wines really come through on that promise. And I think they’re reasonably priced, too. Take a look:"
See full reviews at http://www.wineskinny.com/2011/02/24/winery-spotlight-seven-hills-winery/

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


Mentioned in "Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences"

"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


Mentioned in "Northwest Palate"

"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 - October 2014

Wine Enthusiast - March 2015 issue
93 points - Cellar Selection


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


 

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 points


"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


 

"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 points


"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 points


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 points


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 points


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 points


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 points


"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 points


"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: 9 - 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: 9 - 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: 8.5 - 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: 8.5 - 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


 

 

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

 


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


 

"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 points


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 points

 


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 points


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 points


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 points


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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


"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


 

"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: 8 - 8.5


 

 

"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


 

Chosen in "Top Washington Wine Picks for 2009"

Seattle Times - November 30, 2009
Paul Gregutt
#87


 

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
 


“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
93 points - Editors' Choice


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: 17/20: Superior


 

"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


 

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 Reserve Malbec, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley


This is the first reserve Malbec from Seven Hills, the winery that first introduced this as a varietal wine in the Walla Walla Valley. Invinting aromas of pepper, coffee, vanilla and cream introduce a dark and sappy wine, with concentrated raspberry and blackberry fruit at its core. Superb ripeness and lift from the juicy acidity mark this as indeed reserve-level in...

Wine Enthusiast - December 2014
Paul Gregutt
92 points


2012 Malbec, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley


"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
92 points - Editor's Choice


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. " 

Wine Enthusiast - Spring 2011
Paul Gregutt
91 points

 


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


 

"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


 

"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


 

"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


 

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


 

"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: 8.5 - 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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Cabernet Franc

 

 

 


2012 Cabernet Franc, McClellan Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley


Pure, estate-grown Cabernet Franc, this is focused and spicy, with hard-packed black fruits in abundance. Initially showing lush aromatics with plenty of baking spices, it's also threaded with graphite, black coffee and a whiff of smoke off the grill. This needs decanting or better yet, some further cellar time: try after 2017.

Wine Enthusiast - December 2014
Paul Gregutt
Cellar Selection - 91 points


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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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