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The vineyard, planted in 1962, has the second oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Washington State, used primarily in DeLille’s single vineyard red blend, aptly named Harrison Hill. The blend that typically is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc is similar to the winery’s flagship Chaleur Estate, but the resulting wine is remarkably different. Instead of the power that comes from Red Mountain grapes, Harrison Hill shows distinctiveness and elegance.
Harrison Hill became part of the Snipes Mountain AVA (lying within the boundaries of the Yakima Valley AVA), Washington State’s 10th official viticultural area. Snipes Mountain AVA is distinctive with an elevated topography and unique soils not found elsewhere in the Yakima Valley AVA. Snipes Mountain is the second smallest AVA in Washington, bigger only than Red Mountain.
Owner Steve Newhouse makes certain the yields are of the lowest in the state. The resulting wines are complex, expressive and exhibit "Somewhereness". This, coupled with its elegant black cherry signature, compels us to bottle it as a single-vineyard wine. Five acres of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet franc are grown here.
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