Seven Hills Winery 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Vintage Red Wine, Red Mountain, $45

By on February 11, 2015

seven-hills-winery-ciel-du-cheval-bottleThis bottling was Walla Walla winemaker Casey McClellan’s 12th from Jim Holmes’ famed site on Red Mountain, and the Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blend (50%) is backed up by Merlot (26%), Petit Verdot (15%) and Cabernet Franc. Lovely herbal aromas are joined by dusty Bing cherry, black currant and dark chocolate, and that theme carries onto the palate. There’s the typical Red Mountain assertiveness of fine-grained tannins, which are akin to blueberry skins, yet the medium structure is driven by a long finish of Montmorency cherry acidity and pinch of cracked pepper.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 770 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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