A very deep, darkly colored wine, our '96 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits exotic aromas of spices and sweet black fruits of cassis and blackberries. The wines loaded with gobs of wood influenced vanillin. A big, rich, chewy wine with the kind of density that can only be
accomplished with very low yields. This is a full bodied, powerful wine with a satisfying, fruity finish. A great aging future awaits this wine.
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 86.5%, Merlot 8.6%, Cabernet Franc 1.3%, Petit Verdot 3.6%
"Saturated ruby. Multidimensional nose features sappy black raspberry, violet, licorice, mocha, minerals, oak spice and a hint of pie crust. Dense and thick but bright and sappy, thanks to lively ripe acidity. Vibrant hint of lemon in the mouth. Very light on its feet for a red wine this concentrated. Finishes with very even tannins and outstanding length."
International Wine Cellar
"Firm and focused, a jazzy mouthful of spicy blackberry, black pepper and violet flavors that harmonize nicely on the graceful finish. Approachable now, but can age. Best after 2000."
"The ruby/purple-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard Reserve offers enthralling blackberry, fresh herb, Asian spice, and raspberry aromas. This intense, concentrated, velvety textured, and medium to full-bodied wine coats the palate with its blood orange as well as red and black cherry flavors."
The Wine Advocate