Tasting notes: This wine has come to embody the style and purpose of Passing Time, featuring classic Cabernet notes of crème de cassis, blackberry, bittersweet chocolate, crushed herbs and graphite. Texture has always been a hallmark of the Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet, and the 2018 vintage shows this beautifully. While approachable in its youth, this wine will reward some patience in the cellar, and age for many years to come.
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc,
98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills offers a Graves-like style and reminds me of a great vintage of Haut-Bailly with its full-bodied, sexy, weightless style as well as darker currant fruits and notes of tobacco leaf, damp earth, and cedarwood. A wine that pretty much stopped me in my tracks during my tastings, it is already impossible to resist yet is going to cruise for two decades in cold cellars. The blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, from a blend from Discovery, Champoux, and Wallula vineyards, aged 21 months in 80% new French oak.
Discovery Cabernet makes up a full half of this wine, with the rest from Champoux (41%) and The Benches. Blended with 9% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this wine is locked up tightly out of the gate, with notes of dried herb, coffee, black cherry leaf, spice, bittersweet chocolate and scorched earth. The flavors are bold and rich, with oodles of sophistication. There's impressive layering, midpalate density and structure. The finish is eternal. Full of intensity, sophistication and grace, it's one for the ages. SEAN P. SULLIVAN, June 2021
A compelling Cabernet that's deeply structured yet agile on its feet, offering rich blackberry, dusky spice and bay leaf accents that build toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2030. 600 cases made. — Tim Fish, July 2021
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