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Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Blend 2007 (Red Mountain, Washington) - Wine Spectator [93]
Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Blend 2007 (Red Mountain, Washington) - Wine Spectator [93]


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Winery: Seven Hills
Varietal: 43%Cab Sauv,34% Merlot,14% P.Verdot,9% Cab Franc
Region: Red Mountain, Washington
Vintage: 2007
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

2007 gave us dramatically riper fruit, the product of accelerated August and early September ripening weather. The blend is again dominated by Cabernet, and rounded with a large portion of Merlot. We’ve increased the percentage of Petit Verdot to bolster the structure, color and savory component. Cabernet Franc lends grace notes and elegance to the palate. The color is strong purple, the nose evocative of ripe plum preserves, pepper, dried herb and sweet baking spice. The palate is laid on a solid tannic structure, but with softly balanced acidity, and black fruits of depth and persistence. I would say that this is a somewhat bigger, more forward style than is usual with our Ciel bottlings, and is truly reflective of the 2007 vintage conditions. I predict it to age well for 5-10 years from the vintage date.

Vineyards: Ciel du Cheval
Grapes: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Franc
Vintage Season: Warm, accelerated ripening period, moderate crop level
Barrels: French Oak, 40% New
Time in Cellar: Bottled May, 2009
Aroma: Blackberry, ripe plum jam, pepper, sweet baking spice, dried herb
Taste: Round ripe plum, substantial structure, smooth persistent finish
Alcohol: 13.9%
Lot Size: 645 cases

Ratings / Reviews:

Wine Spectator Magazine - 93 Points:

"Polished, round and effortless, with impressive cherry, beet and pomegranate aromas and flavors, persisting beautifully against mineral and spice notes on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2011 through 2017. 645 cases made." –HS (4/30/2010)

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) - 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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