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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Seven Hills Winery Ciel du Cheval Vintage Red 2009
Seven Hills Winery Ciel du Cheval Vintage Red 2009
(search item no. 118305)
boutique wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $36.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2009 vintage showcases fruit character and ripeness, while tannin and acidity takes a backseat in contrast to 2008. Merlot from the 1976 block predominates in this vintages blend by a small amount, lending an overall softer more fruit driven approach than 2008. The Petit Verdot percentage is relatively high, accentuating the rose petal, blackberry and coffee bean notes.

As for previous vintages, this bottling delivers that complex interplay of ripe red and black fruits, savory and floral character, and a well matched structure-fruit balance. Very lengthy, layered finish. Expect a solid 6-8 years of development in the cellar, and possibly longer.

Blend: 39% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Franc

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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.