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Seven Hills "Ciel du Cheval Vineyard" Cabernet Blend 2008 (Red Mountain, Washington) - [WS 92] [WE 92]
Seven Hills "Ciel du Cheval Vineyard" Cabernet Blend 2008 (Red Mountain, Washington) - [WS 92] [WE 92]



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Winery: Seven Hills
Varietal: 45%Cab Sauv,29% Merlot,15% P.Verdot, 11% Cab Franc
Region: Red Mountain, Washington
Vintage: 2007
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

2008 gave us classically Northwest styled wines of complexity and balance. We continue to base the blend on the 1998 Cabernet block, which is fan-trained, a relatively rare system. Merlot lends its usual lush fruit roundness to the blend, with Petit Verdot adding strength in strucuture and color, with coffee-bean and blackberry tones. Cabernet franc lifts the aromatics and makes for a more vibrant palate. The wine opens with dust in the nose, then blackfruits, and nuances of coffee and tobacco leaf. Generous ripe fruit, with a warming brightness are laid over solid tannins by mouth. The finish is lengthy with a pleasant dryness. I’d suggest this wine with heavier dishes of some complexity. In the cellar, the wine should age well for 8 to 10 years.

Vineyards: Ciel du Cheval
Grapes: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, 11% Cabernet Franc
Vintage Season: Cooler, moderate crop level, dry
Barrels: French Oak, 40% New, 20 months
Time in Cellar: Bottled May, 2010
Aroma: Red and Black berry, peppercorn, dust, dried herb
Taste: Sweet blackberry, warm, bright, substantial structure, pleasant and persistent finish
Alcohol: 14.5%
Lot Size: 649 cases

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Polished, supple and expressive, offering a deftly balanced but rich mouthful of cherry, plum, paprika and white pepper flavors that flow seamlessly through the long, vivid finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2012 through 2020." —H.S.

92 Points & "Cellar Selection" - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This wine has an extra dimension, though it is tight as can be. The classic rock/mineral underpinning typical of wines from this vineyard is there, and the fruit is compact and well defined. It’s set in a frame of acid and earth, offering a picture of the more expressive wine that will come with further age. In the mouth it is tight and dense, but loaded with hints of complexity."  — P.G.  (7/1/2011)

(07 Vintage) Wine Review Online - 92 Points:
"The 2007 Ciel du Cheval wine is the softer, subtler, more approachable one. It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (43%), Merlot from 30-year-old vines (34%), and fan-trained Petit Verdot (14%) and Cabernet Franc (9%), from a vintage that McClellan describes as 'ripe, forward, and beautiful.' Its aroma, only medium-intense, suggests plump, dark fruit and cedar. Where the wine shows its stuff is in your mouth: a soft entry, full body, sedate flavors of ripe but fresh fruit, and very soft tannins. You can detect oak in the wine's flavor and also in the structure of the wine, and it forms a spine for the lovely fruit. The wine's top asset is that fruit: the wine is seamless as it caresses your tongue with smooth, silky but not heavy texture and it tastes as if its raw material were simply perfect." -Mary Ewing-Mulligan (12/2009)

(07 Vintage) - 92 Points:
“This is Bordeaux like with crystallized blackberry and currant fruits joined by notes of blond tobacco, turmeric, gun powder and green peppercorns. This is big and rich, broad across the palate yet with nice cut. The flavors lean a bit towards the red fruit end of the spectrum with notes of red apple peels and red currants on the mid-palate that are joined by green spice tones and spicy oak notes that lead to a moderate finish full of black raspberry and jammy black plum. Again the tannins are very well managed and polished. This needs another year or two to fully integrate but should be excellent from 2012-2020.”
-Gregory Del Piaz, (December 2, 2009)

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