2010 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1124448 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (6/ 2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 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. 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."

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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 all varietals. A perfect example of how it can make amazing value driven wines is the 2010 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This bottling , vintage in and vintage out, has been one of the best relatively unknown values in Domestic Cabernet for around $20. This year is no exception, the cooler 2010 vintage allowed for exceptional hang time letting the fruit ripen slowly and create added complexity and structure. The nose of this wine wowed me with layers of sweet licorice, cola, caramel and nervy Asian plum fruit. Open and fleshy this can be drunk right away with ease and has gobs of precisely ripened blue fruits and a depth of confectionary spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. The finish has ample but pliable tannins and plenty of fruit driven complexity bolstered by earthy notes and touches of violet. If you haven’t ever tried this wine now is a perfect time to start.

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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.
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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.
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Washington

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2