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

SKU #1228222 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)  (3/2016)

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)

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)

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)

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By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2017 | Send Email
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.

By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2017 | Send Email
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!
Top Value!

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2017 | Send Email
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!

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2017 | Send Email
This 2013 Cab from Seven Hills is a big, rich red that that’s a killer value and shouldn’t 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.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2017 | Send Email
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.

By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2017 | Send Email
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.

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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 (%): 13.9