2010 Seven Hills "Seven Hills Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1132573 93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (6/2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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.  (6/2013)

90 points 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.  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

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."

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2013 | Send Email
Seven Hills has long been one of favorite Washington producers here at K&L and one of my personal faves for about as long as I’ve been in this business. This first generation Washington winery has made great wines, seemingly continuously, since its founding in 1988 in all price points and from numerous varietals. This wine shows what the winery can do using fruit from their oldest Estate blocks and make a wine truly built for the future. The youthful nose is dominated by low toast oak at this point but if you give it enough air you can begin to coax an intriguing combination of wet clay, fried sage, garrigue and pastille. This wine has a stunning mid-palate that bursts open in the mouth that is packed with plum, wild berry, sandalwood, black currant and new leather. The wine almost seems to grow out from its center filling the entry and finish as it goes. I loved this wine and why it will be fine now with a couple hours of decanting this is really a wine that will greatly reward patience and do so while not asking much from your wallet.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.