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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 - Northwest Wine Report (Sean Sullivan)

"Blended with 8% Champoux Merlot, fruit for this wine otherwise comes from Discovery (61%) and Wallula (31%) vineyards. Aged in 80% new French oak, aromas of black cherry, raspberry, dried herb, cocoa, leaf, scorched earth, and herb lead to a creamy feeling red and black-fruited palate that broadens significantly with time open. The refined tannins that are the hallmark of this region are there in abundance. It sticks around for a long, long time on the finish. One for the ages, it’s all about class and detail, bringing plentiful amounts of both. Enjoy from 2028 to 2038, but enjoy it you will whenever you open it."

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."

95 Points - Paul Gregutt

"The blend includes 12% Merlot from Champoux; the Cabernet comes from the Discovery and the Wallula (Benches) vineyards. Passing Time's owners have sourced top quality grapes from their first vintage in 2012. There seems to be a common palate shared by former NFL quarterbacks as this wine could be a brother to Drew Bledsoe's Doubleback. That's not in any way a criticism. This wine seems modeled on much pricier Napa Valley Cabs in a style particularly favored by now-retired Robert Parker – ripe black fruits, alcohol pushing 15%, ample flavors of lushly toasty new barrels, immaculately polished tannins and an irresistible full-bodied mouthfeel. The difference from Napa (other than price) is the acid component, which adds precision and definition to the wine as it rolls through the finish. This is a fine representation of what has come to be the defining Washington style for high end Cabernet Sauvignon. Still delicious after three full days."



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