Tasting Notes

Notes of brandied cherries, dusty rose and violet shine in the 2015 Seven Hills Vineyard. Hints of cedar and baking spices follow the initial fruit and floral components. On the palate, one is transported to a mixed berry tart with bright acidity, followed by tobacco leaf and cedar. Always exhibiting a sense of place, this vineyard designate abounds with crushed rock minerality and graceful tannins.

The Year

The 2015 growing season is the latest in a trend of being the warmest on record for our valley. Bud break occurred at the end of March, which is about a week earlier than usual. High temperatures peaked at the end of June and were steady throughout the course of the summer. A cooling trend arrived as the grapes began to go through veraison, allowing them to ripen perfectly. For the first time ever, harvest began in August and was followed by optimal weather patterns for the remainder of the year.

Viticulture

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

Wine Specifics

Varietals: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Vineyards: 100% Seven Hills Vineyard

 

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Awards & Accolades

“Blackberry and black cherry fruit, spice box, dried flowers, and spicy oak characteristics all emerge from the 2015 Seven Hills Vineyard blend from Pepper Bridge Winery. A medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured effort that has nothing out of place, it shines for its elegance and purity, and will keep for 10-15 years. The blend is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, all of which spent 18 months in 40% new French Oak.
— Jeb Dunnuck, 93 points