Happy Wine Wednesday! It's been a harrowing week thus far, so I'm glad we made it past hump day! Traveling for business is not as glamorous as you may think and this week was no exception with flight delays galore, but I'm home now and it's time for a nice glass of wine. Tonight I've decided to open a bottle from one of my all-time favorite wineries, Seven Hills from Walla Walla. Tonight I'm enjoying the 2014 Seven Hills Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, a 100% Cabernet from the Red Mountain AVA of Washigton. So let's see if it tastes as good as the aromas I've been inhaling as I type!
The wine is a deep, brooding inky black at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The nose is a lovely combination of leather, basalt and lovely ripe berries, blackberry, cherry and black raspberry. The taste is wonderfully elegant, with a some lovely fruit up front, cherry and blackberries, that transitions to some earthy mineral notes midpalate that is a wonderful marriage of old world and new world. The finish is just lovely, with fine grain tannins that provide multiple levels of complexity on the smooth, velvety and wonderfully dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, as it's just a wonderful example of the potential for Cabernet from the Red Mountain. This wine is an ideal steak wine, but would be nice with some rich pasta dishes, or earthy mushroom risotto. But fortunately for me, tonight I am grilling a nice USDA Prime New York Strip, along with a baked potato with sour cream and fresh chives and some steamed broccoli. Cheers!