27 Apr Wine Wednesday: Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($30)
This Week In Red Wine: Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($30)
“Fresh and vibrant, open-textured and appealing, with pure blueberry and currant fruit. A veil of fine tannins drapes over the gentle finish. Best from 2015 to 2020.” – Wine Spectator
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016
Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points (2012), 94 Points (2009, 2011)
Wine Spectator – 92 Points (2011), 91 Points (2009, 2010)
Robert Parker [Wine Advocate] – 90 Points (2010 – 2012)
Vinous – 92 Points (2012), 90 Points (2011)
The Seven Hills Winery is located in the heart of Washington’s Walla Walla Valley wine region. Additionally, it is also one of the oldest and most respected wineries in the region. Since its inception, Seven Hills Winery has fostered and championed the rich diversity of the region, and its potential for producing a variety of premium wines. Over the years, they have developed a style for balancing structure and grace – and have a reputation for producing great value wines that are terroir-inspired, with restrained oak, bright acidity and concentrated varietal flavor.
The critically raved, 2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon shows a beautiful deep ruby shade. On the nose, complex aromas of black currant, coffee beans, green peppercorn, smokey charred meat, oyster shells, and dried herbs surface from the glass. On the palate, raspberry, wild strawberry, black cherry, currant, leather and peppercorn flavors unfold. The wine is round and supple with firm tannins and a bright, lifted finish. Wine Enthusiast described the 2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon as follows, “The Cabernet is stiffened up with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Cab Franc and Malbec, resulting in a firm, herbal, but very well-balanced Bordeaux-style blend. There’s compact cassis fruit, streaked with light stem, earth and herb. This is a wine that should improve with bottle age through 2019.”
Open this year or store for another five years. If you can’t decide what meals to pair with this wine, consider the following options we recommend: chipotle pork cheeseburger or spaghetti Bolognese; because this wine is a Bordeaux-style blend, we recommend a French dish like, croque-madame. Another terrific alternative is the vegetarian chili with chocolate.
Wine Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec
Style: Full-bodied, Complex & Velvety
Drinks Like: 2012 Browne Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley ($38), 2012 Roberts & Rogers Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($40)
Food & Wine Pairings: Chipotle Pork Cheeseburgers – Click To View Recipes
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Seventh Heaven Cabernet!
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold
Drink and relish the 2012 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon with a warm delicious meal. Drinking Cabs from Washington is a whole other experience; their wines are unique, airy and yet offer a mouthful of flavor. Aromas of dark berries, plum, currant and fresh forest floor with a hint of smoked meat in the distance were some of the fragrances I detected. Upon sipping, notes of black currant, berries, dried herbs, tobacco, black soil and pepper delicately danced on the palate and lingered. Open a bottle this week or add this Grape Certified Gold wine to your cellar. Enjoy!