Tasting notes: Of all the Passing Time wines, the Walla Walla Cabernet has tended to feature Cabernet exclusively. In the classic 2018, this wine features a deep blue and black fruit character, with hints of blackberry leaf, baker’s chocolate, and crushed herbs. Featuring fruit from Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge vineyards—two locales with very different characters—this wine balances the power and structure of the Pepper Bridge site, with the beautiful elegance and bouquet of the Seven Hills vineyard. The resulting blend features the tell-tale balance of Passing Time’s style while also expressing the profound depth and balance of the incredible 2018 vintage.
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: 62% Seven Hills Cabernet, 38% Pepper Bridge Cabernet
Aging: 60% New French Oak
Another one of the top wines in the vintage is the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley, which is all Cabernet sourced from the Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge Vineyard. It spent 21 months in 60% new French oak. Gorgeous tobacco, bouquet garni, lavender, and a hint of menthol emerge from the glass, and it has loads and red and black fruits, full-bodied richness, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. It’s as seamless as they come yet will still benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and should have 30 years of longevity.
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