2020 Seven Hills Winery McClellan Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points, James Suckling
McClellan Estate Vineyard lies at the southern edge of the Walla Walla Valley, adjacent to the founding blocks of our Seven Hills Winery estate vineyard. This vineyard was established by the McClellan family in 2003, employing varietals, clones, trellising systems, and vineyard practices most ideally suited to this specific site. Following over thirty years of working the land in this region of Walla Walla Valley and nearly two decades of farming this site, we see its uniqueness as expressed in this vineyard-designate bottling.
This wine is deep Garnet in color with aromas of black cherry, black plums, and dried tobacco with subtle notes of juniper berry, bramble, and black forest cake. The lush texture leads to a medium-plus body with firm but silky tannins and flavors of black cherry, black currents, and cigar box with hints of black pepper and vanilla bean.