2010 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Consistency across the entire portfolio is one of the strengths of Seven Hills, here expressed in a beautifully blended Cabernet that includes smaller percentages of Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenère. Smooth upon entry, showing pretty purple fruits through the mid-palate, it concludes with traces of smoke, cacao and espresso, all perfectly framed and balanced.
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.
Winemaker and fourth generation farmer Casey McClellan founded Seven Hills in 1988 with a focus on Red Mountain and Walla Walla AVA vineyard designated and site-driven wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-inspired blends. These are some of the best wines coming out of the region, and just keep getting better. The 2010 Columbia Valley Cabernet draws from vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, Wahluke Slope, and Yakima Valley and contains 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Carmenere, and 2% Malbec. This cool vintage marked by low yields produced a wine with lots of vigor and purity of fruit. Aged for 17 months in a combination of 25% new French, European, and American oak, this is an elegant wine crafted for the connoisseur. Winemaker Casey McClellan writes: "The 2010 vintage benefits from a diverse, complimentary set of vineyard sites within the Columbia Valley. Beautifully balanced with a fresh fruit, lively mid palate and lingering finish. Enticing aroma of graham, red plum and red berry. Bright red currant by mouth with ripe, sweet plum overtones and spicy oak notes."