Hello friends. We originally had this slated for a mid-June offering, but after eyeballing depletion reports, I don’t think it would be wise to wait that long, especially with a positive Wine Spectator review looming in their June 30 issue.
Seven Hills is a long-time winery favorite of our list members, so I don’t want to take any chances. We’ll ask for a hold on the remaining parcel in Seattle. If we sell through that, it looks like the winery still has a stash remaining, albeit at the normal $45 tariff.
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “($45); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.” [Note: with the combination of score, price, and production level, I’d say this has a puncher’s chance at landing on the year-end Top 100 list; maybe 20% odds.]
The notion of Seven Hills can be confusing, because there is a Seven Hills Winery and a Seven Hills Vineyard. The winery works with fruit from lots of different vineyards, and the vineyard sells fruit to lots of different wineries. But in this case, it’s easy: it’s Seven Hills Winery working with Seven Hills Vineyard fruit.
That fruit is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from the old (1980s-planted) blocks at Seven Hills (location here), the queen of the Walla Walla Valley. Casey McClellan has been working with these grapes for a long time, and that comfort level shows. This is a confident, elegant expression of the vineyard through the prism of Cabernet: a mix of cherry and blackcurrant fruit, violet topnotes, and dusty earth, all wrapped up in a graceful, fine-tannin textural package. There’s no substitute for the depth of character that old vines bring, especially with Cabernet, where it shows itself in its concentration, its intensity, its ability to seamlessly wash over the palate.
Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.