Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Columbia Valley    Washington   
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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 87802)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes: Sourced from diverse sites throughout the Columbia Valley. 2003 was a vintage of great warmth and an accelerated maturation period. As with all our wines, the grapes were hand-picked; harvest weather was perfect. The blend is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller portions of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Sensory: A full-bodied red of deep color. By nose and mouth it shows black and red fruits, sweet spices, vanillin and red plum overtones. The diverse vineyard sites show in a broad range of flavors and a sound structure with depth and length. Balanced tannins and a slight brightness make this an inviting mealtime choice. Cabernet Franc and Merlot add a softness and perfume to the core Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cellar Notes: Bottled in July, 2005 after aging in our cellars for 22 months in a mix of European and American barrels. Will benefit from medium-term cellaring, gaining additional integration and flavor development over 12-24 months. An excellent example of the qualities that have made Northwest Cabernet enjoyable, ageable, and intriguing.

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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.