Tasting Notes: This boldly fruited wine opens with aromas of black raspberry preserve, boysenberry, wild mint, jasmine, and espresso powder. The palate shows off its Red Mountain origins with a tightly wound, structure overlaid by concentrated red fruits, thyme, alpine flowers, and a fine hint of crushed stone on the finish. It will benefit from 5-6 years in the cellar, and last a long, long time.
Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: 66% Klipsun, 23% Red Mountain Vineyard, 9% Kiona, 2% Bacchus
"The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain sports a deep purple hue to go with classic Red Mountain graphite and minerality as well as medium to full-bodied richness, a deep, layered mid-palate, building tannins, and just clean, classic, great Cabernet aromatics. The tannin quality is top-notch, and this is a seriously promising Cabernet."
"Klipsun Vineyard fruit makes up two-thirds of this wine, with Red Mountain Vineyard (23%) and Kiona (9%) the rest, along with a dash of Bacchus Vineyard Cabernet Franc. The aromas offer alluring notes of dark cocoa powder, cassis, spice, earth, anise and dried herbs. The palate is exuberant, loaded with fruit flavors and supported by firm but still polished tannins. Best 2028–2035, but with life beyond that."
"The astonishingly good 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain by Passing Time revels in its full-bodied and pleasure driven black fruit core. The soft mouthfeel, crisp acidity and wonderful length really add to the enjoyment. This beautiful wine is already nicely evolved, and will be sure to provide drinking enjoyment for another 15-20 years."
"Submitted as a barrel sample, the 2019 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon displays an oaky and red-spiced nose with notes of plum pie and graham cracker. Full-bodied, the wine offers slightly less weight and texture on the mid-palate than in previous vintages and ends with a softer, dusty red-fruit finish. Only 2,500 bottles were filled after the wine rested in 70% new French oak. Given the mouthfeel and usage of new French oak, I feel this will be a lighter style wine when released, making it an outlier in a vertical tasting. I look forward to revisiting this bottle closer to its release date."
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