2010 Seven Hills "Seven Hills Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
*Cellar Selection* Crafted from the oldest vines in one of the oldest vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, this displays lovely aromatics of leaf, herb, earth and wild berry. Tight and contained, it opens into a focused, lively wine with great acidity. It has the potential to age well for a decade or more.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Possessing an old school Cabernet feel, with juicy black currant, mint, tobacco and lead pencil aromas and flavors, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard is compact and focused on the palate, with a medium-bodied, mid-weight profile, good acidity and noticeable tannin on the finish. Like the Merlot, short-term cellaring is warranted here and it should have 12-15 years or more of longevity. It’s not a powerhouse, yet is well done and worth cellaring. Drink now-2022. This is a solid lineup by winemaker Casey McClellan and the wines possess classic, textbook profiles across the board.
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. This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Seven Hills' Old Blocks Vineyard. The 2010 was aged in 40% new French oak. Structured, layered, and intense, this is a serious wine front-loaded with fruit and spice in youth but will evolve with time into a complex, layered expression. A worthy addition to any collection. McClellan writes: "This old vines Cabernet of dark-red purple color opens with a broad, sweet nose. Ripe, exuberant red fruits, and cherry cobbler follow, with secondary notes of five-spice, violets, and coriander. The palate is generous and full of red fruit sweetness and depth, supported by spice and a moderate brightness with pleasant tannins underneath. The finish is warm, sweet, persistent and balanced, with a hint of smokiness and pepper. Will reward cellaring for 5-8 years."