Two From Seven Hills Winery

Hello friends. The 2010 releases from Seven Hills Winery are flying through the marketplace, spurred on by a series of positive reviews. Today we have one of their most popular bottlings: Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. Ever since Paul Gregutt’s review in the June Wine Enthusiast, it has been depleting rapidly. It’s down to just a handful of cases remaining in western Washington, so this will be a one-and-done offering. We’ll grab as much of the remainder as we can, but there will be no opportunities for reorder.

We’ll also include a reorder link for the Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that we offered back in May. At the time, I grabbed a little extra parcel as a buffer. That one has since completely sold out in Seattle, but our extra little stash remains, so have at it, and when it’s gone, it’s gone!

2010 Seven Hills Winery Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (BDX Blend)

Seven Hills winery has become a Full Pull list favorite, based in large part on Casey McClellan’s clear, dedicated house style: acid-driven, texturally elegant, long-lived. Casey deserves admiration for sticking with that style as fashion trends have waxed and waned. In the early 2000s, he held steady as trends towards alcohol and oak ruled the day. Casey is a grower’s winemaker, well-loved by vineyard owners and vineyard managers, because he picks fruit early and is single-mindedly dedicated to expressing the terroir of their sites.

One of his long-term relationships is with Ryan Johnson of Ciel du Cheval (location here), the grand dame of Red Mountain, and Casey is granted access to some of the oldest, 1970s-planted fruit in the vineyard. That old-vine depth is on fine display here, adding serious structure to a vineyard known best for its elegance. Many of the hallmarks of Ciel are here – the inveterate minerality, the dusty tannins, the citrus-pith complexities – and they all surround and complement the core of beautiful, spice-dusted redcurrant and red cherry fruit.

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

2010 Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard

Originally offered May 29, 2013.

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “($45); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Original notes: “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 of Ciel and 6 of 7H Cab, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The Ciel should arrive next week, and the 7H Cab is in the warehouse and ready for immediate pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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