Tasting Notes

At first smell, the 2020 Seven Hills Vineyard, has fresh cherry and strawberry are revealed, followed by hints of dark fruit, cedar, cocoa, and earth. Typical of this vineyard site, graphite and crushed rock round out the nose. Upon tasting, both black and red fruit are present. Adding to the wine’s complexity, pomegranate, fig and plum fill out the palate. Approachable, rich tannins make a perfect finish to this wine.

The Year

The growing season began with a mild and dry winter. An abundance of high winds and precipitation in the spring prompted a record year for local crops and early bloom in the beginning of June. We only saw a few days over 100 degrees throughout the entire summer, giving the grapes plenty of comfortable hang time all the way through early fall. We were fortunate that the smoke from the California and Oregon wildfires was only detected in one or two varietals and was not significant enough to influence our winemaking styles in any way. Overall, the season was idyllic and produced well balanced, complex wines with beautiful acidity and richness.

Viticulture

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

Wine Specifics

Varietals: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot
Vineyards: 100% Seven Hills Vineyard

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Awards & Accolades

“A spectacular Seven Hills Vineyard blend, this is half Cabernet Sauvignon and one quarter Merlot, the balance Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. It leads with classic olive and tobacco scents typical of Seven Hills Vineyard and of Walla Walla more generally. This is sanguine and sweet, with a wet soil scent and dark cherry flavors, weighty and powerful.
Wine & Spirits, 94 points

 

“A lovely shimmering dark purple core with neon purple rim in the glass, it presents notes of fresh black cherry, wild strawberry, cocoa nibs, cedary herbs, pencil shavings, forest breeze. Featuring a polished and lush texture, it finishes with chalky tannins and perfect levels of acidity.
— Jeremy Young, International Wine Report, 94 points

 

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