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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 93912)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

2005 was a moderate vintage producing expressively lush wines. Reliable September weather led to a long ripening period. As with all of Seven Hills' wines the grapes were hand-picked; harvest weather was perfect.

A medium-bodied red of rich color. By nose and mouth it shows black currant and wild berries, sweet spices, white pepper, vanillin , and plum overtones. The diverse vineyard sites show in a pleasing range of flavors and accessible structure.

Polished, gentle tannins and a slight brightness make this an ideal mealtime choice. This Cabernet will benefit from medium-term cellaring.

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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.