Happy 4th of July Weekend! I know it's only the 1st, but it's also the first Saturday of the new month, which means it's Cellar Saturday, that magical day when I open a bottle that's been in the cellar for a while. This month's selection came about by happenstance, as I was on the phone with Julie Titus from Seven Hills last weekend, looking all over my house for some 2014 Pentad that I ordered (yes, I found it!) but as we were looking I came across tonight's selection and Julie suggested that I open it, so here we have it, the 2007 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon!
The wine is a deep, inky purple color in the glass, classic Cabernet. The nose is a blast of leather, ripe berries and some earthy notes that remind me of the smell of the Seven Hills barrel room in Walla Walla! The taste is just marvelous, with a rush of ripe blackberry, black cherry and currant overlaid with some smoky oak notes. The fruit transitions to some wonderful mineral notes overlaid with dry herbs and a hint of mint midpalate. The tannins are still firm but well integrated, providing a wonderful base for the long, smooth and very dry finish.
Julie mentioned she thought this wine wouldn't be getting any better, and I agree in the sense that it couldn't have been much better than this! This wine is really singing at this point, perfect for sipping on the patio or enjoying with a big steak. Which of course is a good thing, since I am enjoying this wine with a rare grilled USDA Prime T-bone with grilled elephant garlic scapes, grilled orange cauliflower and a big baked potato with sour cream and chives. This wine is a perfect big prime steak wine, cheers!