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Passing Time Winery

2018 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 

Tasting Notes: Red Mountain Cabernet is renowned for its firm structure, ageability, and distinctive fruit profile. The 2018 Red Mountain Cabernet accentuates this character using older vines from two iconic vineyards, dating 25-35 years old. The result is a wine of profound depth and complexity featuring dark cherry and currant fruit, as well as crushed herbs and a hint of minerality. Red Mountain wines are known for their ability to cellar for years, and the 2018 vintage should ensure that this wine will be enjoyable for decades to come.

Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc

Vineyards: 55% Klipsun Cabernet, 42% Red Mountain Vineyard, Cabernet 3% Bacchus Cabernet Franc

Aging: 75% New French Oak 

95-97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck 

Even better, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain is a more concentrated, powerful wine loaded with notions of chocolaty dark fruits, Asian spice, and classic Red Mountain rocky, savory minerality. It’s a big wine, yet it’s perfectly balanced, has stunning purity of fruit, and a great finish. I end my note on this wine with “Love it!” (4/15/20)

93-95 Points - Wine Advocate 

Wow, the 2018 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon barrel sample has good bones. Already impressive, the wine vividly displays the minerality of Red Mountain on the nose with lifted black and dark red fruit expressions, aromas of pencil shavings and graphite. Full-bodied, the wine displays black tea tannins with a soft leather expression before lingering on with evolving complexity. I'm looking forward to the finished version once it's bottled and released. Persistent flavors of blackberry jus and spiced plum compote lift the finish. I'm hedging my bets that this will be a fantastic release that will be incredibly age-worthy.  (Anthony Mueller 10/22/20)


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