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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
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 4/19/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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:

Seven Hills Winery was established in 1988 to vinify some of the nation's finest wine grapes: those grown in the Walla Walla Valley Appellation. In 1989 we moved to our current facility in Milton-Freewater, on the southern edge of the Appellation. Our winemaking process is a customized, hand-crafted approach that follows the grape from vineyard, through fermentation, aging and bottling, into the marketplace. Our central focus is dedication to providing a memorable wine drinking experience. Limited production may make our wine more difficult to find but always worth the search.