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Varietal

65% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot
10% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Snipes Mountain AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 10-20 Years

Vineyard

Harrison Hill

1997 Harrison Hill

Elegance and freshness dominate this wine – an excellent vintage for the vineyard. Toasty oak and cedar notes are a complimentary whisper which grace the fruit in the aroma and palette. This is a complete wine, with a purity of berries and cherries, good structure and acidity and with a balanced, lengthy finish.

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92 Points

— Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast

92 Points

What is Harrison Hill, and why does it cost so much? One of the oldest (planted in ’62) vineyards in Washington, it includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines, all of which are used in this blend. Along with the cassis, black cherry and sweet chocolate/bitter coffee flavors one might expect from a high-end Washington red, there is an indefinable taste of terroir-flower, stone, earth, stable – that elevates the wine to the next level.

June 2000

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Pairing Suggestion

Ravioli with Pancetta — Harrison Hill is a wine that will age beautifully and can be enjoyed with a plethora of selections over time. Consider pairing with grilled or roasted lamb, roasted beef or venison. Earthy vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, parsnips, squash, mushrooms and dark greens pair particularly well. For older vintages, pairings with game birds such as duck and pheasant or lighter stews are recommended.

Behind the Wine

1997 Harrison Hill

A Bordeaux-style blend from a small, historic vineyard on Snipes Mountain, this wine is labelled after the vineyard’s namesake – Harrison Hill. Over the past five decades, the state’s second oldest Cabernet vines have matured gracefully while producing progressively limited yields. This slow, elegant maturation is a compelling expression of what it means to be a terroir-driven wine.

Vineyards

Harrison Hill, a five-acre site in the Snipes Mountain AVA, still boasts a 1962 Cabernet Sauvignon planting by William Bridgman, a pioneer of planting European wine grapes in Washington State. These vines are the second oldest in the state, and the oldest used in commercial wine production.

Harrison Hill

Winemaking

Cold soaked 24-36 hours, fermented 14-16 days on skin, aged 20 months in 100% French oak (100% new) and aged in bottle 8 months prior to release.