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Pepper Bridge & Seven Hills

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 is in our October 2020 wine club allocation, and sells out almost exclusively to our members. To guarantee access to our Super-Tuscan style red blend, please join our wine club.

Tasting Note

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.

Rich, sweet scents of black cherry brandy, roasted fig, baked black raspberry, with layers of perfumed violet, Asian spice, cocoa, hazelnut, and wisps of aromatic pipe tobacco and forest rain intrigue the nose. With time, the fruit aromas evolve into prominent black cherry. A velvety texture delivers laser focused black fruit consisting of black raspberry, black berry, black currant and Chambord on a sheer layer of lightly charred oak.

Technical Information

50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot
Pepper Bridge & Seven Hills
Walla Walla Valley
75% French, 17% Russian, 8% American (24% new oak)
Total Acidity:
6.7 g/L
Cases Produced:
Bottling Date:
June 2020
Release Date:
November 2020
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