2012 Seven Hills "Seven Hills Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This is all Cabernet coming from one of the state's top vineyards. The aromas offer notes of fresh tobacco, red fruit, dried herbs and an assortment of barrel spices. It's packed with plentiful dark cherry and cranberry flavors that show intensity, finesse and impressive length. (SS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(from vines planted in 1980 and 1989): Good dark red with ruby tones. Black fruits, licorice and violet on the nose, plus a suggestion of dried hay. A suave, fine-grained midweight, offering inviting flavors of dark berries and spices lifted by floral and minty nuances. Lovely ripe, firm wine with good aging potential. McClellan has bottled this flagship wine every year since 1988 but notes that it's not his most expensive wine. He told me that with bottle age it tends to show notes of fennel, desert herbs and minerals. 90+ Points
Fresh and vibrant, open-textured and appealing, with pure blueberry and currant fruit. A veil of fine tannins drapes over the gentle finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. (HS)
From the winery: "This wine is drawn from the original Cabernet Sauvignon blocks at Seven Hills Vineyard, planted by my father in 1980. This vintage marks the 25th year I have been making Cabernet Sauvignon from these same, precious old vines. After two very cool vintages, 2012 was a more “normal” vintage, pleasantly warm with heat accumulation spread through the growing season. This old vine Cabernet has a dark garnet gem color and a broad nose of ripe plum, raspberry, marzipan, toffee, forest floor, roasted meat, and thyme notes. The palate is plush and mouth-filling, yet framed with firm, dusty, fine-grained tannins and lifting acidity. The palate is filled with black cherry, ripe plum, mocha, dried herbs, cedar bark, and spices. This wine will improve significantly with cellaring over the first five years from vintage date and will hold nicely and continue to develop for ten to fifteen years."