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Staff-Favorite Cabernet That Sells For Under $20 - 03/05/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

From one vintage to the next, Seven Hills has consistently delivered one of our favorite sub-$25 bottlings with their Columbia Valley Cab. We can say with confidence that this string of successes continues with the 2013 vintage. We were immediately taken by the wine’s broad structure and depth of concentration. Amply endowed, it impresses with a cornucopia of black and blue fruits that are wonderfully accented by oolong tea, graphite, cola, mocha, and espresso. At this same time, it’s not a monolith as there is a great counterbalance of red fruits (raspberry, pomegranate) and exotic spice show a more elegant side.

Given the lofty level at which this 2013 operates, we had to remind ourselves that it comes in at just under $20. The truth is, this is a lot of wine for that price. Completing the picture are the tannins which are beautifully integrated adding just the right amount of grip and structure. We strongly recommend that if you are a fan of Cab you stock up here as this is a bottle to return to time and again. Sourced from some of the best sites throughout Columbia Valley it’s hardly surprising this 2013 turned out so well. Go ahead and enjoy this Cab now or cellar for another 10 to 15 years as it is sure to develop exceptionally well.

2013 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $26)

2013 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $26) ($19.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "The aromas of cedar, fresh dark berries, thyme, garden herbs and flowers provide instant appeal, with woodsy accents following. Lively plum and raspberry flavors back them up, with fine-grained tannins and barrel accents speckled throughout. (SS)" (03/2016)

Wine Spectator: "Fresh and lively, aromatically pure, with currant and plum notes glowing against crisp tannins, lingering easily on the midweight finish. (HS, Web-2016)"

Vinous: "(bottled three weeks before my visit in June): Healthy red-ruby. Pure, expressive aromas of plum, currant, menthol and cigar box. Lusher and more savory than the Merlot but not as suave or consistently ripe as the Petit Verdot, showing a note of chocolatey sweetness to go with its dark berry and spice flavors. A subtle herbal element adds lift on the back end, with the tannins spreading out horizontally to dust the palate. McClellan also opened a bottle of his 1989 Cabernet and it was seriously saline and intriguing, showing dried mushroom and soy notes and a firmly tannic finish. Perhaps I am underestimating the aging potential of the 2013. (ST)" (11/2015)

K&L Notes: Seven Hills has long been one of our 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 it's founding in 1988 in all price points and from all varietals. But I truly believe that Bordeaux varietals are where they shine. A perfect example of how it can make amazing value driven wines is the 2013 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This masculine, nearly bombastic, wine completely over delivers and may be the best Cabernet in the store right now for its new $20 price point. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 06, 2017

For the lover of well-balanced, smoky cabs, this value from Washington had much more going for it than I had anticipated. The strawberry aromas are balanced by stewed black cherry and a dry woodiness. The palate shows plums, cocoa, and baking spices accompanied by a lingering finish. Grab two bottles: one while you cook the roast beef and the second to pair.

Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 05, 2017

Seven Hills has delivered a wine that packs way more punch than it's $20 price tag. Expressive aromas of black berry fruit and oak spices hint at the power of this vintage. Black currant and fresh raspberry fruits, black tea, graphite follow, with a lovely acidity and healthy dose of tanin to wrap up the entire package. This 2013 Cabernet should easily last a decade!

Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

Densely centered on the nose and filled with India ink, charred beef, brooding blackberry fruit and warm spiced oak aromas, this is a rarely found in a wine of this price point. Full bodied with pretty olive, laurel and tarragon flavors on the entry, this has fanned out with sometime in the bottle and has a nice lushness and fruit concentration. Powerful with plenty of hallmark Columbia Valley extraction and sheer fruit power this builds on its typically tannic frame and adds layers of Mexican chocolate and mocha on the packed and young finish. As I tasted this all I could think about is how much more expensive it would be if it came from Napa Valley. Thanks Washington!

Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

This 2013 Cab from Seven Hills is a big, rich red that thats a killer value and shouldnt be missed! Expressive notes of pomegranate, raspberry, ripe plum, cinnamon and coffee show on the nose and have underlying earth and herbal notes. The finish is long and lingering with big tannin and balanced well with oak.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2017

Last years vintage of this was one of my favorite go to wines for people looking for serious cab that was not going to cost them $50-$100. Having just tasted the new vintage I can continue to strongly recommend them to anyone seeking good Cabernet. The 2013 vintage is a big, structured vintage with good fruit and chewy tannins. Although this wine is drinking well now, this is one that will age exceptionally well, or needs some decanting time. Drinking a cab with this much length and structure it is almost a shock when I remember that it is $20.

Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2017

This is a stellar deal! This Cabernet Sauvignon embodies the terrior and wine making style of Columbia Valley. The nose is loaded with dark berries, pomegranate, and fresh white flowers. Big opulent fruit and powerful earthy tannin makes this perfect for any Cabernet lover. Soft integrated cedar notes help lift the dark fruit and add to this complex wine. For a $20 wine, there is a lot going on in the glass, a real bargain.