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2012 Seven Hills Vineyard

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Vineyard designated releases showcase the uniqueness of our estate vineyards.  Seven Hills Vineyard yields a feminine side to our wines, producing finesse and elegance with a long, persistent finish. This polished and complex wine has a perfume of blackberry liqueur, red berries, earth, and mineral. On the palate, this supple wine showcases a lush texture and depth, making it an age-worthy beauty.
- Jean-Fran├žois Pellet, Winemaker


The 2012 Vintage

Spring brought us more precipitation than usual, followed by a hot, dry summer. We experienced plenty of warm days without it being overly hot. Since WSU began recording heat units, the 2012 vintage was right on track with a "perfect average." The wines of this vintage show beautiful characteristics of fruit ripeness while remaining elegant and balanced.


VITICULTURE

Entirely estate; certified sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Founding member of VINEA.


WINE SPECIFICS

Varietal(s):        49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Vineyard(s):        100% Seven Hills
Appellation:        100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program:        100% French Oak: 39% new, 61% neutral    
Time in Barrels:    17 months
Harvest Dates:        September 19 - October 20, 2012
Alcohol:        14.6% by volume
Total Production:    411 cases (9L)
Bottling Date:        March 27, 2014
Release Date:        October 2014

2012 Seven Hills Vineyard

Awards & Accolades
91 Pts, Wine Advocate: "...offers complex notes of spring flowers, sappy herbs and mint to go with a core of black raspberry and currant-style fruit. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and layered, yet with building tannin..."
93 Points, Wine&Spirits: "As usual, the Pepper Bridge cabernets come to our tasting table youthful and packed with potential. This wine takes a day to show itself, but when it does it delivers sleek and seductive plum fruit with a dusting of black pepper spice, and just a hint of smoked tomato flavor, a Walla Walla signature. With the texture of a leather cushion, there's enough acidity here to temper the substantial tannic payload."
93 Points, Wine Review Online: "Polished and elegant, with plenty of ripe fruit character, this expressive red blend from Washington state is well balanced and has a nicely focused finish."