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Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla
Passing Time
United States - Washington - Walla Walla Valley

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.

Specifications
Appellation
Walla Walla Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinification
Vineyards: 62% Seven Hills Cabernet, 38% Pepper Bridge Cabernet
Aging: 60% New French Oak for 21 months
Production
400 (9-liter cases)

Reviews and News

2017 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla - 94 PTS - WA

2017 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla - 94 PTS - WA

wa94"Starting with a rocky minerality that shines through on the nose, the 2017 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shows a good core of red and black fruit that highlights the Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards. The dark red fruit lingers over the palate with a rocky and softly savory spiced tension, giving way to structured tannins that build on the back end of the mid-palate. The wine is focused on the well-framed finish, with blackcurrant and black raspberry jus sprinkled with a rustic and rocky tension. It's a nicely made wine that drinks well. I want a second sip. - Anthony Muller"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue# 246, December 2019), 94 pts

2017 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla - 94 PTS - VINOUS

2017 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla - 94 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright ruby-red. Aromas of blue and black fruits and licorice are lifted by floral and herbal nuances. A very stylish, silky Cabernet Sauvignon with terrific inner-mouth violet lift and sexy oak tones to its fine-grained flavors of dark berries and cocoa powder. Concentrated, savory and very long; more pliant than the 2016 version owing to its nobility of tannins. Very classy juice--and showing brilliantly today. (14.7% alcohol; two-thirds from Seven Hills and one-third from a 1996 planting at Pepper Bridge) - Stephen Tanzer"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2019), 94 pts

2017 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla - 94 PTS - JD

2017 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla - 94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"This wine reveals a deep purple hue as well as beautiful floral, lavender, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, silky tannins, and just terrific balance, it’s another gorgeous wine from this team that can be drunk today or cellared for 15 years or more."

- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2020), 94 pts

2017 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla - 93 PTS - WS

2017 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla - 93 PTS - WS

wine spectator 93 pts"Robustly structured, yet refined and polished, with expressive blackberry, smoky sage and licorice flavors that build tension toward fine-grained tannins. Best from 2021 through 2030. - Tim Fish"

- Wine Spectator (August 2020), 93 pts

2017 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla - 93 PTS - Cellar Selection - WE

2017 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla - 93 PTS - Cellar Selection - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"The aromas enchant, with notes of dried herb, black currant, red apple, cocoa and spice. Broad, palate coating fruit flavors follow, showing depth, texture and dimension. A firm coil of tightly wound tannins ties it together. It’s a very classy, sophisticated wine that needs time in the cellar to show its stuff. It only picks up steam the longer it’s open. Best after 2027 and will shine a good decade-plus beyond that. - Sean Sullivan"

- Wine Enthusiast (June 2020), 93 pts - Cellar Selection

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