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2013 Seven Hills Vineyard

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Our goal with the vineyard-designate program is to showcase the uniqueness of each of our vineyards. This polished, elegant wine shows notes of  dusty cherry, loganberry, and lush dark fruit, combined with hints of star anise, rose petal and a subtle touch of mineralality. The mouthfeel is supple and velvety, showing red and dark fruit, fresh earth, and chocolate notes. This wine features characteristics of Seven Hills Vineyard with power, finesse and a long, persistent finish.


The 2013 Vintage

The summer of 2013 marked the warmest summer on record for us here in the Walla Walla Valley. Spring was cool and moist, as is typical here, with bud break occuring right on time in mid-April. Once it started started warming up, it didn't stop - our thermometers rose over 100° quite often! The first week of September brought relief: dramatically cooler days and nights which allowed for the development of our trademark Walla Walla Valley acidity. Harvest began around this same time, with the cooler temperatures allowing us to finish right on schedule at the end of October.


Viticulture

Entirely estate; Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Founding member of VINEA.


Wine Specifics

Varietal(s):  50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 
22% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
Vineyard(s):  100% Seven Hills
Appellation:  100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program:  French oak; 59% neutral, 41% new
Harvest Dates:  September 11 - October 11, 2013
Production:  420 cases
Alcohol:  14.6% by volume
Bottling Date:  March 16, 2015
Release Date:  Fall 2015

2013 Seven Hills Vineyard

Awards & Accolades
93 Points, Wine Spectator: "Broad and spicy, layering clove and saffron overtones through the rich currant and mineral flavors."
90 Points, Tasting Panel: "Smooth and spicy with rich plum, soft herbs and a mellow, seamless style; long and dense."
92 Points, Wine Advocate: "...beautiful fruit, as well as elegance, to go with lots of Cabernet notes of cassis, black raspberries, spice and graphite. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and textured, it shines as much for its purity and elegance as richness and power..."