CPR is our “open range”, “no boundary” hallmark brand intended for wines derived from limitless imagination and distinctive quality. As the winery looked for ways to expand the CPR wine collection, we looked to add small lot single vineyard sourced wines. Since the debut of CPR in 2014 we’ve released 6 single vineyard, single varietal wines of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenère and now Chardonnay. Our Chardonnay aspiration: nurture and preserve varietal character while introducing a fine, judicious layer of traditional French oak.
We’ve been making Walla Walla Carmenère from Seven Hills Vineyard since our first vintage in 2002, and we are the longest running producers of Carmenère in the State. Renowned wine writer, Paul Gregutt, hailed the 2006 Reininger Carmenère as making “a strong claim for being the best Carmenère in Washington, if not the country.”
Since our first vintage of Malbec in 2003, we’ve sourced our 100% Malbec from Pepper Bridge Vineyard in Walla Walla.
The first vintage of Helix Merlot was in 2003. Since that vintage, Helix has been producing a Merlot from Stillwater Creek and Bacchus Vineyard fruit. Highlights of past accolades include 92 points from Wine Enthusiast on the 2005 Stillwater Creek vintage, and 91 points from Wine Spectator for both the 2011 and 2012 vintages.
Pomatia is our flagship wine under the Helix brand. This Bordeaux-Syrah blend has been comprised of some of the best fruit the Columbia Valley has to offer since its first vintage in 2002. Today, Pomatia is one of our most widely distributed wines.
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.