The delicacy of older vines is on full display in this 2017 Harrison Hill, with subtle earthy aromas of leather and sandalwood, and savory herbal notes of tarragon and cinnamon stick. The wine is bright and dynamic on the palate, with a sophisticated core of fleeting dark berry flavors and exotic spices (green tea, cumin and fennel seed). Restrained in style, and with a promising structure that has earned a well-deserved reputation for rewarding aging, this vintage is nonetheless very compelling and cerebral in its youth.
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— Anthony Mueller, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2017 Harrison Hill begins with fresh ripe, dusty red fruits. Red plum, dark cherry skin, redcurrant and soft elements of dried sage, dusty red flowers and hints of cinnamon waft out of the glass. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is firm with a mineral tension and still-tight tannins, yet it offers elegance with a red-fruited profile that will blossom with bottle age. Concluding with a long, lingering finish , set this one aside for at least another year before opening, and enjoy for another two decades.
Wine & Spirits
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
2017 Harrison Hill 1.5L
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.
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.