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.
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"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