Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills & XL

Originally a Bordeaux-centric winery, Norm McKibben, then managing partner of Seven Hills Vineyard offered Chuck a ton of Sangiovese in 1999. Chuck’s drive for exploring and learning new things lead him to accepting the offer and that’s where the adventure begins.

Cima, Italian for “peak” or “mountain” is an homage to Chuck’s mountaineering days on Mt. Rainier. Crafted in the Super-Tuscan style made famous by Italian winemaker Piero Antinori in the 1960s, Cima is a blend of Sangiovese with Bordeaux varieties. Since our first vintage in 1999, the Cima has become one of our most sought after wine club wines.

Aged in oak for over six years, Cima is one of our most sought after wine club wines and sells out almost exclusively to our members. If there is any remaining after our October wine club, the Cima will be released to the public in November 2018. To guarantee access to this fall favorite, please join our wine club.

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Tasting Notes

"Cima (summit, Italian) is an amazing Sangiovese–Bordeaux varietal blend, aged for nearly six years in barrel. The wine has become a REININGER perennial favorite. Gently explore its delicate and adventurous fragrances of exotic oriental spice, crushed violet, eucalyptus, sandalwood and currant with nuances of sweet pipe tobacco and leather. Let the glass be still. Wait for a bouquet of dates, dark fruit, vanilla, and a suggestion of soy dropped on cedar too appear. A soft tannin palate with animating acidity cedes focused sorry cherry fruit, plum, currant and cassis with wisps of vanilla, light roast coffee and lightly toasted cedar.  Be patient. There’s much to explore and deliberate in this elegant treasure." ~Chuck Reininger, Winemaker


Technical Information

50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills & XL
Walla Walla Valley
88% French, 12% American (8% new)
Total Acidity:
6.9 g/L
Cases Produced:
July 2018
November 2018
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