Wine Press NW: Platinum Judging

Both the 2013 GSM plus C and the 2013 Tradition score Double Platinum in the 2016 Platinum Judging! See the full article here.

Seven of Hearts 2013 Tradition, Columbia Valley •  $25 Many wine lovers are used to the fat red blends from our hottest Northwest growing regions, such as the Red Mountain AVA. This Merlot-based red from Byron Dooley in Carlton, Ore., is a leaner, cool-climate style. It shows off aromas and flavors of rose petal, white pepper and black pepper, plus blackberry fruit and just a touch of blueberry with nicely managed tannins. It’s capped by what one judge described as a “fabulous finish.” (273 cases, 14.1% alc.) Award: Seattle Wine Awards (gold).

Seven of Hearts 2013 GSM Plus C, Columbia Valley •  $25 This perfectly balanced red blend made in the Willamette Valley is named for its component grapes — Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre — plus some Counoise. Its balance begins with its color, then shows from first sniff to well past the last swallow. It exudes fresh and lively red and blue fruit and charcuterie, then dances across the palate, bowing out with a hit of spice. (347 cases, 14.5% alc.) Awards: Wine Press Northwest affordable reds judging (Outstanding!), Seattle Wine Awards (double gold).

New Vinous Pinot Reviews

Check out the scores by Vinous for our 2014 Pinots. Some of the highest ratings yet!

Seven of Hearts 2014 Pinot Nor Very Special Reserve – 94 pts

(40 percent whole clusters and 40 percent new oak) Brilliant ruby-red. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, Asian spices and incense, and a sexy floral accent gains strength with air. Palate-staining black raspberry, boysenberry and cola flavors are lifted and given spine by a jolt of juicy acidity. Concentrated and powerful, but comes off lithe, featuring excellent focus, sweet, fruity persistence and velvety tannins that make a cameo appearance on the close.

 

2013 Tannat Ranks 4th in Seattle Times

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The Seattle Times graciously ranked our 2013 Tannat at #4 in their Top 50 Wines of 2016! To see the list of ranked wines click here. Please come in to visit soon as the 2013 is going fast.

Oregon’s 50 Best Wines

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We’re feeling grateful after hearing the news. Portland Monthly ranked the 2013 Tannat (#16) & 2014 Luminous Hills Estate Grown Pinot Noir (#17) in the top 20 of their annual Oregon’s 50 Best Wines. To see the full list of wines and descriptions, click here.

Wine Press Northwest Review

Six of our wines received kind recognition at during the Red Wines $30 and Under tasting, including Outstanding and Excellent reviews:

1sm1vk-aust-132013 GSM plus C: Outstanding!
2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir: Excellent!
2014 Cabernet Franc: Excellent!
2013 Tradition: Excellent!
2013 Tannat: Excellent!

Click here to check out the wines in more detail.

Seattle & Oregon Wine Awards

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2014 Luminous Hills ASTRA Pinot Noir

2014 Luminous Hills LUX Pinot Noir

2014 Seven of Hearts Armstrong Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2014 Seven of Hearts Syrah

2013 Armstrong, Wine of the Week

Chuck Hill on Wines and Wine Country with links

Chuck Hill of Wines Northwest is in part four of his Pinot Noir & Copper River Salmon series. This week, Chuck reviewed our 2013 Armstrong Vineyard Pinot Noir with the delightful pairing. Chuck noted the ripe red fruit of cherry and cranberry coming from this single vineyard, Ribbon Ridge AVA Pinot Noir. Along with the cedar & vanilla notes accompanying the wine’s soft body & long finish. To see the review, please click here.

Luminous Hills and Copper Salmon

Chuck Hill on Wines and Wine Country with links

Chuck Hill shares some kind words about our 2013 Luminous Hills Estate Grown Pinot Noir. He notes a lovely review about the wine’s complex aromas & flavors of red fruit, violet and cocoa. The review was written as part of a series of pairing Pinot Noir with Copper Salmon- a truly magical combination worth experiencing. To read his series and the pleasant review, click here.

Great Showing at Seattle Wine Awards and Oregon Wine Awards

   

Seven of Hearts had a great showing at this year’s Seattle Wine Awards & Oregon Wine Awards, taking home several Double Gold Awards with other wines placing Gold & Silver. The competition hosted 1,250 wines that were judged for the 2015 event, featuring wines from Idaho, Washington & Oregon. Each award show judged the wines of grapes grown from that respective state, therefore Seven of Hearts had wines competing in the Seattle & Oregon Award shows because we source grapes from both Washington and our home, Oregon. The awards received are the following:

Seattle Wine Awards & Oregon Wine Awards:

Double Gold– (The Best of the Best of All Wines Judged)
2013 Grenache
2013 GSM plus C
2013 Syrah

Gold
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Cabernet Franc
2013 Tradition
2013 Mourvèdre
2013 Chardonnay Gran Moraine
2013 Bjornson Vineyard Pinot Noir

Silver
2013 Viognier & Roussanne
2013 Armstrong Vineyard Pinot Noir

Bronze
2012 Tannat
2013 Merlot
2013 Luminous Hills Estate Grown Pinot Noir
2013 Chardonnay Willamette Valley

The accolades for the Seattle Wine Awards can be viewed here.

The accolades for the Oregon Wine Awards can be viewed here.

Pleasant Review from Great NW Wines

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In a recent review, Great Northwest Wines critiqued an old favorite, Seven of Hearts 2012 Special Reserve Pinot Noir. The review noted the strawberry, cherry aromas and the complex red fruit entry moving toward an elegant finish. Overall, the wine rated as “Excellent”. To see more about the review, click here.