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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Seven Hills Winery Ciel du Cheval Vintage Red 2008
Seven Hills Winery Ciel du Cheval Vintage Red 2008
(search item no. 111511)
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2008 gave us classically Northwest styled wines of complexity and balance. We continue to base the blend on the 1998 Cabernet block, which is fan-trained, a relatively rare system. Merlot lends its usual lush fruit roundness to the blend, with Petit Verdot adding strength in strucuture and color, with coffee-bean and blackberry tones. Cabernet franc lifts the aromatics and makes for a more vibrant palate. The wine opens with dust in the nose, then blackfruits, and nuances of coffee and tobacco leaf. Generous ripe fruit, with a warming brightness are laid over solid tannins by mouth. The finish is lengthy with a pleasant dryness. I'd suggest this wine with heavier dishes of some complexity. In the cellar, the wine should age well for 8 to 10 years.
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About Seven Hills Winery:

The McClellan family has farmed in Eastern Washington since 1880. One hundred years later, in 1980, Casey McClellan and his father Jim began planting the now famous Seven Hills Vineyard at the south end of the Walla Walla Valley. After then earning his Master’s degree in Enology from UC Davis, Casey returned to Walla Walla with his wife Vicky to found Seven Hills Winery, the fifth winery in the Walla Walla Valley, in 1988. Casey remains Seven Hills’ sole winemaker to this day.

Seven Hills Vineyard is now regarded as one of the “ten most important vineyards in the world” by Wine & Spirits Magazine. In addition to Seven Hills Vineyard, Casey crafts wines from several of the best, old vine vineyards in Walla Walla and on Red Mountain, including Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, and McClellan Estate.

Casey’ focus has always been on Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietal reds, complimented by limited production of Alsatian varietal white wines. His vision is to produce wines that reflect the terroir of these sites with intense structure and pure varietal fruit character capable of graceful ageing.