Showing all of the dark color and extremely complex nose this wine is know for. Creme de cassis, mulled black cherries, licorice, asphalt, graphite, and bittersweet chocolate lead the hedonistic nose. The wine is rich and palate-coating, with incredible depth and concentration. Black and blue fruits lead into a toothsome structure, highlighted by notes of graphite, black rose, raw honey, and espresso powder that go on and on. Another extremely compelling wine from this famous area. Easily a 20 year wine.
Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc
45% Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Champoux Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Klipsun Merlot, 4% Champoux Cabernet Franc
Aging: Aged 21 months in 80% new French oak
"Including slightly more Cabernet Sauvignon than last year, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon from Champoux Vineyard, 7% Merlot from Klipsun, and the rest Cabernet Franc from Champoux. The most rich, decadent, and opulent, with killer notes of black currants, black raspberries, creme de cassis, tobacco leaf, sandalwood, and spring flowers, it's a big, rich, decadent beauty that has building tannin, beautiful sweetness of fruit, and a great finish. I expect this to fill out in the bottle and it's going to keep for two decades. Bravo"
"Bright medium ruby. Black cherry and menthol aromas are sweetened by a very rich suggestion of chocolate. Mouth filling and edge free, with its remarkably sexy dark berry and violet flavors accented by mint and menthol. Conveys a strong impression of ripe fruit further sweetened by the by the 80% new oak. Finishes with strong but well distributed tannins and building flavors of black fruits and violet. With its breadth, dimension and refinement of texture, this wine is quite distinctive in the Passing Time line up. While it is already exciting to taste today, it has the stuffing to age. Tasting Date October 2018.
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