2011 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1149871 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 There will be no reserve Cabernet from Seven Hills in this vintage and, as is sometimes the case, the regular bottling is all the better for it. Here the addition of fruit from Klipsun, Artz and other blocks, generally used in the Pentad bottling, adds heft and depth. Lovely aromas of raspberry and cherry, highlights of basil and other fresh herbs, and bracing natural acidity create a perfect mix of flavors that remain delicate yet penetrating.  (11/ 2013)

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/22/2014  | Send Email
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I was really impressed by this wine's balance, focus and complexity. The aromatics were pure and restrained but were perfectly integrated with the delicate hints of barrel spice. Really long on the palate with a long aftertaste, outstanding wine from this up and coming region for the price.
Drink from 2014 to 2019

By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/22/2014  | Send Email
Has there been a more consistent Cabernet Sauvignon at the $20 price point than the Seven Hills Columbia Valley bottling? Pretty much every year for the last decade this bottling has been top notch, rivaling bottles that are twice its cost. In 2011 a cold growing season, maybe the coldest on record in Eastern Washington, many wineries decided to not produce their top wines. This is exactly what Seven Hills did, funneling all of their best fruit into the lower tier bottlings. This Columbia Valley Cabernet comes from fruit throughout the massive appellation focusing on fruit from Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain and Walla Walla Valley, mostly from great declassified lots. This blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Carmenere, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, and it over-delivers greatly for $20. It's showing just how fantastic Cabernet can still be in this price point. Exciting and vital on the nose, this has alluring aromatics of crushed violet, old leather, Bing cherry, bay leaf and black olive. On entry the wine is lithe and accepting, it sort of waves you in with its cocoa powder, black raspberry, Oolong tea and crème brulee flavors. Softly tannic this is a wine that you can drink instantly but will also continue to develop over the next 3-7 years. I would be hard pressed to find a better Cab for $20 from Washington or anywhere else for that matter.

By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/21/2014  | Send Email
One word, FOCUSED! Washington knows good Cabernet! This plot was planted back in 1980. The wine shows beautiful dark current, black berry, and hints of mocha. I love the secondary flavors of pencil shavings, the earthy mineral components. Long finish with good acidity level. I would drink this Cabernet over many of the highly extracted over-ripe (and more expensive!!!) competitor any day of the week!

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/14/2014  | Send Email
In 2011, Seven Hills made no reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, instead adding much of that wine to their entry-level Columbia Valley Cabernet. This packs quite a punch for $20. The reserve vineyard wine adds a bit of powerful black fruit, hefty mineral, and darker tannins to the already prevalent plum, raspberry, cocoa and fresh herbs. Fruit-forward, yet focused and well-structured, this is a very strong offering from a superbly consistent winery.

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Varietal:

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 (%): 13.5