Passing Time Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $85

By on March 10, 2020
passing time winery cabernet sauvignon walla walla valley 2017 bottle - Passing Time Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley $85

Chris Peterson, a graduate of the first winemaking class at Walla Walla Community College, hits on an easy completion with this blend of Cab from stalwart Seven Hills Vineyard (67%) and Pepper Bridge (33%). Unlike the 2017 Cabs from Red Mountain and the Horse Heaven Hills with 80% new French oak, Peterson dialed back the wood influence to 60% new barrels for the third vintage from these sister sites. Blackcurrants, plum, fennel seed, tobacco and leather burst from the glass. Pomegranate-tinged acidity leads the palate, which is elegantly structured with long-lasting, steadily growing tannins. Its career will stretch into the next decade, and last fall, it earned a gold medal at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition in the Columbia Gorge for retired NFL quarterbacks Damon Huard and Dan Marino. Heaven help the foes.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 375 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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