2009 Harrison Hill 1.5L
SNIPES MOUNTAIN AVA
The attack shows the classic Harrison Hill profile of bright cherries and soft leather - the signature terroir expression of this historic vineyard. There is also a toasty coconut nuance along with black pepper and rose petals on the nose. This wine draws you in with a delicate frame work then delivers classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes of cassis, cherries and blackberry flavors that are simultaneously plush yet elegant. This is a wine to experience with patience - be prepared to measure the finish by the minute on your favorite time piece, not by the second. After all, all good things come to those who wait.
"From a basaltic outcropping dominated by a small 1962 planting of Cabernet (the state’s second oldest vines and oldest Cabernet) and officially included as an appendage to the as-is relatively tiny Snipes Mountain AVA, the DeLille 2009 Harrison Hill – latest in a 15 vintage line – incorporates 26% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Talk about the brightness and lift that seem, in the best instances, singularly possible with black Bordelais grapes grown in Washington, here’s the best instance I’ve met – and from the 2009 vintage no less! Violet, rose, lily and heliotrope perfume and high-toned herbal essences waft from the glass and persist billowingly inner-mouth, accompanied by palate-staining, juicy, fresh cherry and cassis, the whole underlain by sweet-smoky evocations of leather, black tea, peat, tobacco and steel shavings. The umami level here is so high you won’t be able to stop salivating between sips, and the finish is a veritable magic carpet ride. Yeah, yeah, I know: ‘old vines, big mystique fool critic into inflating rating.’ May you be lucky enough to taste this for yourself, o ye of little faith! I’m dreaming of an opportunity to experience a vertical of this bottling, but meantime, as this is my first encounter, all I can go on is intuition when I suggest that it will be worth following for at least the better part of two decades."