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Passing Time Winery

2019 Block 1311



Managing Partner Damon Huard: Block 1311 is the first ever vineyard designated Cabernet made by Passing Time. This beautiful 2-acre block sits about 300 feet above the Columbia River at Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills Appellation. Planted to high density with special clone 685 these young vines are producing world class fruit already that winemaker Chris Peterson wanted to let stand alone. This annual small batch offering will be a wine to follow for decades to come. Saluté to the Benches!


This wine shows an inky dark purple all the way to the rim, leading with intoxicating aromas crème de cassis, blueberry, pomegranate reduction, blackberry leaf, with notes of cola and mountain flowers. The palate is intensely concentrated, with an incredible underpinning of structure carrying the dark blue and black fruits, mocha, vanilla, and floral elements into the long, majestic finish. This wine is destined for decades in the cellar, if you can wait—but even a few years will bring great harmony and complexity to this single vineyard beauty. Decant for a few hours if opening soon, or try from 2027-2050.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon  

Vineyard: Wallula Vineyard "The Benches"

Aging: 80% new French oak

Production: 125 cases


97-99 Points by Jeb Dunnuck 

"The 2019 Cabernert Sauvignon, Block 1311 is also all Cabernet and comes from a single block in the Wallula Vineyard.  It's loded with lots of ripe black  and blue fruits and has  full-bodied aromas and flavors of tobacco, graphite, gravelly earth, and classy oak.  It's a straight-up awesome wine in the making." - Tasting Date May 6, 2021



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