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Passing Time Winery

2016 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon



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


98 Points by Jeb Dunnuck 

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, hitting 14.8% natural alcohol, that comes mostly from the Discovery and Champoux vineyards, with the Merlot coming from Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain. Its deep purple color is followed by a textbook Cabernet Sauvignon nose of crème de cassis, smoke tobacco, pencil lead, damp earth and spice-driven aromas. Developing beautifully with time in the glass, it’s full-bodied, incredibly pure, balanced, and multi-dimensional on the palate, with sweet tannins and an awesome finish. As with all these wines from Chris, it's seamless, silky, and beautifully balanced, and a fabulous wine. It needs 5-7 years of bottle age to hit prime time and is going to evolve gracefully over the following 2-3 decades. Tasted three times. Trust me on this one, it’s a magical wine." 


94 Points by Vinous (Stephen Tanzer) 

"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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