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Passing Time Winery

2020 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 



Tasting notes: Beautiful aromas of black currant liqueur, plum, dark chocolate, candied violets, and alluvial minerals. Showing an abundance of crème de cassis fruit, mocha, and graphite on a rich mid-palate and finish, with silky tannins. This wine will benefit from 5 years in the cellar and drink well for decades. 2025-2040. 

Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot 

Vineyards: 60% Discovery Cabernet, 28% Wallula (Benches) Cabernet, 12% Champoux Merlot 
Aging: 80% New French Oak 


94-96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck 

"Lots of pure cassis and darker, almost blue fruits, as well as textbook tobacco, lavender, and lead pencil notes, define the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills, another full-bodied, concentrated, structured Cabernet Sauvignon from this team.  It has a beautiful mid-palate, ripe, velvety tannins and a great finish."

96 Points - Owen Bargreen

"The gorgeous and also very generous 2020 Passing Time ‘Horse Heaven Hills’ Cabernet Sauvignon comes fro mostly the Discovery Vineyard (61%) as well as the Wallula and Champoux Vineyard. Winemaker Chris Peterson has blended in 8% Merlot, as this was stored in 80% new French oak before bottling. Black florals with toasty oak, dark currant cordial and suggestions of black licorice all fill the nose. The palate is soft and inviting with a silky texture and wonderful sense of weight. Very elegant, refined tannins frame a brilliant core of black plum, blackberry compote and espresso grounds. This is seriously good stuff that will age brilliantly over the next fifteen plus years. Drink 2022-2038".

96 Points - International Wine Report 

"Another stunning Cabernet from Passing Time, this time with fruit coming from Horse Heaven Hills. A satisfying nose of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate shavings, ground allspice, toasted walnut shell, cedary herbs, eucalyptus, and a touch of Christmas spice are all present and combined masterfully in the glass. Crunchy sweet tannins, mouthwatering acidity, and a full body help complete the wine. Better in 2024, if you can wait that long; or give it a heavy and long decant before enjoying. Highly recommended."



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