Passing Time Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $85

By on November 17, 2020
passing time winery cabernet sauvignon horse heaven hills 2017 bottle - Passing Time Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $85

The May family’s Discovery Vineyard, which grew the Syrah in 2016 that topped the 2020 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, also made the largest contribution to this remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon for winemaker Chris Peterson and retired NFL quarterbacks Brock Huard and Dan Marino. It’s indeed an all-star lineup of sites sourced as Champoux and Klipsun, and the investment continued with a barrel program of 80% new French oak. The nose is reminiscent of creamy cherry soda, rose petals and a pinch of Herbs de Provence. Hedonistically heavy fruit is layered across the palate with complex flavors of Horse Heaven Hills minerality, blackberry jam, anise, sweet coconut and raspberry scones. This elegant, rich and intensely crafted wine has the bones to age a long, long time, yet it is built with the idea you can enjoy it now. Peterson, a graduate of Walla Walla Community College’s Institute of Enology and Viticulture who went onto acclaim at DeLille Cellars, earned a gold medal at the Invite with this wine as well a GSM blend under Avennia’s young Lydian brand.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 575 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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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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