From the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon blocks in Walla Walla's Seven Hills Estate Vineyard, planted in 1980. This old vine, 100% Cab is complex and shows incredible presence and balance. Packed with raspberry, plum, and black cherry, backed by cedary forest and toffee notes. Supple and creamy, with spices and savory meat nuances accenting the superbly long finish. And I'm telling it like it is: Seven Hills has every reason to raise the price on this Cab, given its pedigree and the prices of many of their Walla Walla peers. Kudos to Seven Hills for modesty in pricing! - Marcus
The March 2015 Walla Walla Wine Alliance annual tasting was especially good; it featured dozens of wineries and hundreds of wines, with our most comprehensive look at the awesome new 2012s. As always, there were standout wines but what really struck us was that one winery stole the show: Seven Hills.
Seven Hills' wines cut through the noise for their incredible purity and balance. And damn, they were delicious. Each one set a standard for judging other wines, particularly when we kept price in mind. We sat down a couple days later with Seven Hills co-founder Vicky McClellan, re-tasted the line-up, and worked up these glowing reviews for their 2012s.
From the winery: “this wine is drawn from the original Cabernet Sauvignon blocks at Seven Hills Vineyard, planted by my father in 1980. This vintage marks the 25th year I have been making Cabernet Sauvignon from these same, precious old vines.
After two very cool vintages, 2012 was a more “normal” vintage, pleasantly warm with heat accumulation spread through the growing season. This old vine Cabernet has a dark garnet gem color and a broad nose of ripe plum, raspberry, marzipan, toffee, forest floor, roasted meat, and thyme notes. The palate is plush and mouth-filling, yet framed with firm, dusty, fine-grained tannins and lifting acidity. The palate is filled with black cherry, ripe plum, mocha, dried herbs, cedar bark, and spices. This wine will improve significantly with cellaring over the first five years from vintage date and will hold nicely and continue to develop for ten to fifteen years.