There will be no reserve Cabernet from Seven Hills in this vintage and, as is sometimes the case, the regular bottling is all the better for it. Here the addition of fruit from Klipsun, Artz and other blocks, generally used in the Pentad bottling, adds heft and depth. Lovely aromas of raspberry and cherry, highlights of basil and other fresh herbs, and bracing natural acidity create a perfect mix of flavors that remain delicate yet penetrating.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.