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Passing Time Winery

2019 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon



Tasting notes: dark ruby in color, features aromas of black cherry, red currant, cola, cigar box, violet, and eucalyptus. On the palate, the wine shows great dark red fruits, cocoa powder, sweet tobacco, candied violet, and herbs on a richly powerful palate. The ample, ripe tannins and tightly wound structure indicate a wine that will age exceedingly well in the cellar.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards: 61% Seven Hills, 39% Pepper Bridge 


96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck 

"The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley has more pure black fruits and a slightly reticent, full-bodied, deep style. Notes of leafy herbs, violets, lavender, and loamy soil develop with time in the glass, and it shines for its balance just as much as its richness and depth..."

96 Points - International Wine Report 

Inky in the glass, displaying deep ruby with a neon rim, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Walla Walla Valley is aged for 20 months in 60% new French oak barrels. A wine that is still incredibly young that will need some time to develop into its true potential, you can feel the tension on the palate of what it is going to become. Ripe blackberry, cassis, cedary herbs, dark chocolate, and tilled earth present nicely on the nose. Rich and full on the palate, the flavors of black cherry, tobacco leaf, sassafras, and mountain sage deliver a wonderfully decadent Cabernet that will age for decades. Chris Peterson knocks it out of the park again. Only 3900 bottles produced. Highly recommended.

93-95 Points - Wine Advocate

"Tasted as a future, the 2019 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is not officially released and was submitted with a temporary label. Displaying an opaque center with a vibrant dark purple edge, aromas of boysenberry, blackberry skin and fresh dark cherry sway with sweet fruit tones and black raspberry essence. Full-bodied and gorgeous, the generous mouthfeel already shows immense potential, with a firm tannic structure and juicy essence that reveals its secrets and complexity over the balanced mid-palate. The wine somersaults to a long, evolving finish; this will undoubtedly be a blockbuster release for the estate. Approximately 3,900 bottles will be filled after resting in 50% new French oak. I will reserve my drink dates until the wine is officially released, but the wine is already showing well and has good bones. I'm looking forward to revisiting this closer to its release date"

94 Points - Vinous (Owen Bargreen)

"The delightful 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley is another dense yet finesse-driven wine made by the talented Chris Peterson. Graphite and scorched earth tones play well with sage brush and heady dark fruit flavors on the palate. Firm tannins and chocolate undertones frame this beautiful wine, which is drinking well now but has a long way to go in the cellar."

94 Points/Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan) 

"Seven Hills Vineyard (61%) makes up most of this wine, with the rest from Pepper Bridge (49%). It’s still in its shell. The aromas intrigue, with notes of dried herbs, plum, cocoa, cherry and earth, along with kisses of spice and bittersweet chocolate. The flavors are polished and graceful, hanging on the finish. It’s a beautiful expression of the variety, focusing on elegance but with plenty of depth. Best after 2026, with a good decade of drinking beyond that."

93 Points - James Suckling

"Currants, anise, hibiscus and cigar box on the nose. Full-bodied with tight tannins. Rich and intense. Espresso, baked cherries and toasted herbs all blend together on the plush palate. Even better with some time. 67% cabernet sauvignon, 21% merlot and 12% petit verdot. Best after 2024."

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