Pepper Bridge, Seven Hlls & 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.
This wine sells out almost exclusively to our wine club. To guarantee access to our Super-Tuscan style red blend, please join our wine club.
REININGER Cima (Italian meaning summit or peak) is always one of our most anticipated releases. The wine is an amazing Super Tuscan inspired blend of Sangiovese and Bordeaux varietals that is aged for nearly six years in barrel.
A fragrant nose introduces gentle scents of Asian spice melding with hints of eucalyptus, red plum, brambly fruit, young cherry and violet. The wine has a foundation of soft tannins and ample acidity which supports an elegant mouthfeel with elevated fruit character of dark cherry, plum and loganberry, with pinches of shaved wood, tobacco, vanilla and coconut with a lingering taste of cassis. -Chuck Reininger, Winemaker