Members are granted exclusive access to our limited production wines, receive invitations to winery events, and enjoy savings on wine purchases throughout the year. We are pleased to present our March wine club shipment wines.
The 2019 vintage season started late following a long winter; with snow on the ground into early March. Pruning of the vines was delayed by about a month creating a busy spring in the vineyards. Spring’s weather was normal; the growing season began good flowering and set in the vineyards followed by a moderate summer with minimal heat spikes. While moderate, summer average growing temperatures were slightly above the 20-year average, which continued into a cool September, helping create expressive flavor, color, and acidity in the wines.
The first fruit was in the winery on the 3rd of September with the last lot being brought in on the 20th of October. Harvest came to an abrupt end in early to mid-October due to hard frosts. The 2019 vintage produced wines of excellent flavor, color and structure for most varietals. Sites with lower crop levels and warmer conditions fared very well. The standouts for Seven Hills in this vintage were Whites, Roses, and most Bordeaux varietals.
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Artz Vineyard
Artz Vineyard delivers the power, depth and strength that is expected from Washington State’s smallest AVA, Red Mountain. This limited bottling allows us to showcase the difference between Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Mountain and Walla Walla AVAs and why the pioneers (Fred Artz and Casey McClellan) decided to plant grapes in these locations.
Deep Ruby in color with pronounced aromas of black cherries, red currants with pipe tobacco followed by hints of leather, anise and dried sage Medium-heavy body bursting with picked at perfection black cherries, black currents, dried figs, cocoa nibs leading to an elegant finish followed by exertive tannins of vanilla bean and dried black tea leaf. Finishes with flavors of cherry cordial.
Enjoy in the next 7-20 years. Will do well with decanting for 2-4 hours before enjoying. Pair with big dishes like Prime Rib, leg of lamb, grilled portabella mushrooms over a quinoa salad containing grilled plums, roasted squash, kale and shaved gouda or dark chocolate terrine topped with roasted walnuts.
2018 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley
First planted in 1991, Pepper Bridge Vineyard located just north of the Washington/Oregon border sits at 850 feet elevation and planted on thin loess overlying deep, ice-age flood silts. This location is cooler and receives a bit more moisture than our Estate Founding Vineyard located in the Southwest corner of the AVA. We source Cabernet Sauvignon from Block 50 which has been a great example of Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon and is reserved for helping to create our Flagship wine, Pentad. There are certain vintages we feel this block is a standalone wine and needs to be experience on its own.
Garnet in color with aromas of black cherries, plum, tobacco leaf, followed by hints of violets and dark cocoa powder. The palate presents a lush texture followed by dusty tannins (that make me think of Loess soil) with flavors of blackberry, fig, tobacco leaf and hints of lavender and a touch of brown sugar. Enjoy this wine with hard cheeses like aged cheddar or aged Gouda, crab stuffed mushrooms with a cream sauce or a classic rib eye steak. Cellar 4-10 years.
Walla Walla Valley
Seven Hills Winery works with all the traditional Bordeaux varietals, including Carménère, the “long lost grape of Bordeaux.” This wine is grown in the southern hills of Summit View Vineyard and the volcanic-laced silt loams of our SHW Estate Vineyard, two of the most intriguing Carménère sites in the Walla Walla Valley. It is always delightful for blending, but as the years have gone by, we have become more and more enchanted with it as a remarkable
This wine presents a medium purple color with fuchsia hues. Aromas of blueberries, elderberries and Pimentón dulce are accented by green peppercorn, shaved graphite and fresh floral notes. The palate provides a lush structure with flavors of marionberry sauce, blueberries, and toasted peppercorns, with hints of tobacco leaf and fresh baked cobbler on the finish that has a gentle acidity. Carménère is best enjoyed in its youth, anywhere from
release to five years from vintage date. This wine pairs well with smoked ribs or brisket, sloppy joes, black bean tacos or stuffed peppers with toasted cumin coriander goat cheese.
2018 SHW Founding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley
This is the wine that started it all. First produced back in 1988 from 8 year old vines, we’re proud to now share our 31st vintage from 39 year old vines. Our Estate Founding Vineyard is the oldest production vineyard in Walla Walla AVA. This is our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon showcasing the elegance and strength that Walla Walla Valley produces in fine wines.
This old vine Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark garnet color with aromatics of dried blackberries, red currants, cherry cordial and hints of fresh thyme. The palate presents a medium bodied wine framed by firm tannins. Flavors of blackberries, marionberries, figs, peppercorns and cinnamon stick are accented by hints of black tea leaves, bay leaf and vanilla bean. Enjoy this wine with a nice grilled tri-tip, herb roast lamb or Portabella mushroom fajitas. This wine can be enjoyed now through 10 years.
For more information or to reorder these wines:
Please contact Julie Titus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-593-6226
Come and visit our tasting room. We are open Tuesday-Sunday for our Signature Tasting.
Yvonne joined Seven Hills in October to lead our tasting room. Besides her fantastic wine knowledge and outstanding service, she’s been our go to person to help open our tasting room and host our guests safely. Yvonne came to Washington State in 2011 from Los Angeles, California with a dream to break into the wine industry. She packed up her car, did a road trip through Napa & Sonoma, then headed north. Immediately upon arriving in Seattle she enrolled in the Sales & Marketing program at the Northwest Wine Academy. Since then she’s held varied positions with Columbia Winery, Delille Cellars, and Kerloo Cellars SoDo. Please say hello when you come for a visit.