Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
"Since our first planting in 1980, our central focus at Seven Hills has been growing and making Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses the unique terroir of our region. This wine is drawn from some of the best small, hand farmed vineyards, carefully selected from our favorite sub-AVAs of the Columbia Valley, resulting in a wine that we believe expresses the unique personality of Cabernet Sauvignon from our region - generous and pleasing, yet well-structured and powerful. After careful vinification in small, open top fermenters, the wine was aged for 16 months in a selection of French, American, Hungarian, and Russian oaks which contribute broad aromatic components of confection and baking spices. The wine is fruit and earth dominant, with a remarkable array of wild red and black fruits grounded with leather, herb, and spice components. It is surprisingly rich and accessible at release, but has the underlying tannin and lifted acidity to pair well with food. It will improve for 4-6 years from vintage date, yet is capable of cellaring up to 10 years. " -Winery
Editorial Reviews for Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweet nutty oak dominates the nose along with vanilla American oak notes. There’s some dark fruit as well, a bit raw with the wood and just a hint of rosemary. Decidedly big on entry, if smooth and tart, with lots of soft tannins supporting big slightly jammy blackberry and black currant Flavors. Showing shows some obvious oak in a milk chocolate, nutella and hazelnut kind of way, this is a pretty obvious and slightly flamboyant wine of an obvious wine that is supple and broad on the palate, if just a bit short on the finish. Not a fruit bomb but filled with delicious fruit and slightly candied flavors. 89pts
Off the bat this shows lovely nuance with blue flowers, fine wild berry fruit, hints of juniper, black cherry, game, root beer and black pepper, with just a nuance of tobacco. Lovely and bright in the mouth, this shows gorgeous balance with tannins that show the slightest youthful edge but remain covered by masses of blue edged plummy fruit, blue flowers, and hints of little pencil lead. This is cool and collected showing a rare blend of polish and purity. 93pts
Four and a half glasses
Olive and herb with deep raspberry notes. A cool climate cab through and through
Four and a half glasses
What a busy day! I started this morning at the farmer's market to get some fresh veggies, they had a wonderful selection of fresh asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, lettuce and wonderful fresh ripe strawberries. Then off to the World Market to pick up a few items, then to the fish market to get tonight's dinner (more on that later on), then the meat market to get some wonderful Angus T-bones (I've had a craving for a T-bone since hearing the "beef it's what's for dinner commercials on the radio all through Idaho and Wyoming!) and some thick juicy ribeyes. And so now that the chores are done, I can relax with a nice glass of wine that I brought back from my recent trip to Walla Walla. Tonight I am having a nice bottle of 2009 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Now there are many differences between the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Valley wines beyond the price, and one of the most basic differences is that the Columbia Valley wines tend to drink quite well when they are younger, as they tend to be somewhat less harsh and tannic. Of course you also miss the wonderful, dark chocolate hints that Walla Walla is famous for, but in a pinch, I suppose we can make do! For the rest of my review, check out my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2012/06/2009-seven-hills-columbia-valley.html
The wine is a wonderful deep purple in the glass, and the nose is pure Walla Walla Cab, with lovely aromas of rich dark fruit, cassis, ripe berries and figs, with just a hint of sweetness dancing around the edge. The rich fruit is contained by some lovely earthy notes of leather and tobacco and some interesting Asian spices. The taste is pure joy, very fruit forward, with a certain dark sweetness of ripe blackberries and strawberries and just the slightest hint of anise, which is a testimony to the quality of the wine with such powerful fruit more than a decade after bottling. The fruit effortlessly transitions into some lovely mocha and dark chocolate notes midpalate, and then the beautifully structured tannins glide into the long, supple and super dry finish, which belies the sweet fruit at the outset. This is a bottle that I will be enjoying for a full afternoon/evening! See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/03/2000-seven-hills-walla-walla-cabernet.html
External Reviews for Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Enticing aroma of graham, red plum and red berry. Bright red currant by mouth with ripe, sweet plum overtones and spicy oak notes.
Possessing an old school Cabernet feel with juicy black currant mint tobacco and lead pencil aromas and flavors the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard is compact and focused on the palate with a medium-bodied mid-weight profile good acidity and noticeable tannin on the finish. Like the Merlot short-term cellaring is warranted here and it should have 12-15 years or more of longevity. Its not a powerhouse yet is well done and worth cellaring. Drink now-2022. - Jeb Dunnuck Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
The palate is generous and full of red fruit sweetness and depth, supported by spice and a moderate brightness with pleasant tannins underneath. The finish is warm, sweet, persistent and balanced, with a hint of smokiness and pepper.
A veil of fine tannins wraps around a supple core of spicy, brown sugar-accented plum and currant fruit, lingering easily on the refined finish. Best from 2015 through 2020.
Crafted from the oldest vines in one of the oldest vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, this displays lovely aromatics of leaf, herb, earth and wild berry. Tight and contained, it opens into a focused, lively wine with great acidity. It has the potential to age well for a decade or more.
This is a full-bodied Cabernet offering aromas of ripe blackberry, piquant spices, briar and hints of cherry liqueur. By mouth, there is abundant bright red and black fruits, fig and graham over moderate tannins, trailing into a warm, persistent finish. A ripe vintage of moderate acidity, complex flavors and a very ageable structure.
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