When it comes to the renowned Right Bank Bordeaux-inspired blends at this historic schoolhouse west of Walla Walla, there’s no wrong choice between the Apogee from Pepper Bridge Vineyard or Perigee from Seven Hills. For the 2017 vintage, the winning formula came down to Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (21%), Cabernet Franc (11%), Malbec (9%) and Petit Verdot (9%) – and it’s that final variety that doesn’t show up in the Apogee. Perigee is named after the astronomer’s term for the point at which the moon is nearest the earth, yet this bottle is worthy of placement at the farthest point of the cellar with aromas and flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, huckleberry, dark chocolate and smooth tannins leading to a lengthy finish. It merited a double gold medal last summer at the Cascadia International Wine Competition.
Production: 1,280 cases