Seven Hills Vineyard is one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and most respected vineyards – the location of the wine on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley offers some summer warmth and solar power, but the site can be quite windy at times. That wind lessens the problems with mildew and humidity pressures, but can cause issues with flowering, hampering even ripening and balanced fruit, so vineyard diligence is crucial.
This offering is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. Each varietal is individually fermented and blended to create the perfect blend for the year. They use about one-third new oak, and only French oak. The wine then spends about 18 months in barrel.
This wine, stylistically, is a bit more restrained than other Seven Hills Vineyards wine in general. Though Cabenet Franc is only a small portion of the overall blend, the floral character of the grape is evident. More prominent are the expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – plum, black cherry, blueberry, tea, and cedar.