Seven Hills 'Talcott Vineyard' Columbia Valley Viognier 2011
Seven Hills Winery is located in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington. Though it has built its reputation quietly, Seven Hills is one of the region’s oldest and most respected wineries. Founder Casey McClellan has played an important role in both the viticultural and winemaking history of the community. As a fourth-generation farmer, Casey worked alongside his father in the early 1980s, planting Walla Walla Valley’s Seven Hills Vineyard—a site that has gained recognition as one of the Northwest’s grand cru properties.
As a winemaker, Casey has guided Seven Hills Winery, creating wines that have emerged as benchmarks for excellence in the Northwest. When Casey and Vicky McClellan founded Seven Hills Winery in 1988, Washington’s Walla Walla Valley was an area of rich, untapped viticultural promise. In those early days, the McClellans were part of a small, visionary group of vintners who believed in the vast potential of Washington State winemaking.
As forerunners of today’s thriving Walla Walla Valley winemaking community, the McClellans and Seven Hills Winery have championed the Northwest’s most renowned appellations and vineyards, while helping to establish the region’s growing status as a home for world-class wines.
Over the course of two decades, Seven Hills Winery has been part of many firsts for the Walla Walla Valley appellation (AVA). Recognized for its Bordeaux-varietal red wines, Seven Hills has bottled more vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots from the AVA than any other winery. At the same time, Seven Hills Winery has helped pioneer the rich diversity of the region, and its potential for producing an array of stellar red and white wines. In this spirit, Seven Hills Winery bottled the Walla Walla Valley’s first varietally labeled Malbec, and planted its first Tempranillo. Using grapes from these storied vineyard sources, Seven Hills Winery has developed an acclaimed style notable for balancing structure and grace.
Reflecting unique terroirs and highlighting restrained oak, bright acidity and pure varietal flavors, these wines are recognized as some of the finest wines coming out of the Northwest. At the same time, they have earned a reputation for delivering an exceptional level of quality at a remarkable price—making them some of the great values of the North American wine world.