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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Seven Hills Winery Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 118306)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This old vines Cabernet of dark-red purple color opens with a very dusty nose. Ripe, exuberant red fruits, raspberry jam and red plum cobbler follow, with secondary notes of licorice, mint, and almond. The palate is generous and full of red fruit sweetness and depth, supported by spice and a moderate brightness with polished tannnins underneath. The finish is warm, sweet, persistent and balanced, with a hint of pepper. The vintage is more forward and softer than 2008, and reminds me of a cross between 2006 and 2007 in its texture and lushness. Will reward cellaring for 5-8 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.