Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Polished, 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.Drink Dates: 2011-2017Author: Harvey Steiman
Wine Advocate | Rating: 88The Seven Hills 2007 Ciel du Cheval - similar in make-up to the 2009 (a vintage McClellan also terms |similar|) but with more Merlot and less Petit Verdot - is also more successful than that later edition. Concentrated, sweet cassis and elderberry are mingled with sassafras, iodine, and crushed stone, while a restrained suggestion of leather and game adds interest but alerts me to the likelihood that this will best be enjoyed over the next year or so. The wine's bitter elements are well-integrated and accompanied by a remnant of primary juiciness in a nicely persistent finish.Author: David Schildknecht
Self | Rating: 91A very nice wine with blackberry aroma & flavors. Smooth tannins. If it had a wee bit more body it would be exceptional.Author: Litig8tr
Self | Rating: 92I wish this wine finished as well as it started. The finish seemed a bit |chalky| for my taste. The last bottle I drank was about 6 months ago, I gave it a 93. I would give this a 96 at the beginning but a 90 on the finish. 92 overall.Author: Todd7
Casey and Vicky McClellan joined with the founding partners of Seven Hills Vineyard in 1988 to form the winery of the same name. Casey served as winemaker for several years before pursuing his MA in Enology and Viticulture at UC Davis. After working in California and Portugal, Casey and his wife returned to Walla Walla, where as winemaker McClellan continues to pursue his goal of creating "intensely structured, balanced wines expressing the distinct terroir of the vineyard origin." The very well-regarded Cabernet program utilizes fruit from designated sites such as Klipsun and the Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla. The winery consistently receives solid scores from major wine critics and the wines sellout quickly.
In a state most often associated with rain and apples, vineyards occupy more land each year. Nearly all of this vineyard expansion has taken place in the eastern part of the state, where arid, almost desert-like conditions prevail. Winters are harsh and frost is always a threat, but such conditions, along with sandy soils, have allowed most Washington vines to grow on their own rootstocks—a rarity among wine regions throughout the world.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 26 bottles owned
- 8 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 8 collectors)