The inconspicuous five acres that is Harrison Hill Vineyard shows its brilliance once again. The wine, after just six months in the bottle, has so much to express in its early life and is our best example of a terroir-driven cuvée. Cigar box, cranberry, black currant and fresh truffle explode effortlessly from the glass. The great restraint, herbal nuance and pronounced silky structure leads to comparisons of the old-world and thoughts of the 60-year-old vines that provide so much elegance. This charmer can be cellared patiently for 20 years easily. – N.B.
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— Anthony Mueller, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Instantly impressive in the glass is the 2020 Harrison Hill made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. The nose is focused and bright with a delightful strawberry character. It is perhaps one of the best bottlings I’ve tasted in many years, and it boggles my mind that it came from a vintage with so many challenges. The nose is devastatingly gorgeous with focused floral notes that waft with picturesque, vibrant fruit tones. Medium to full-bodied, the wine unfolds on the palate, revealing plenty of length and complexity. The wine is layered and focused, showing that its power comes not from being bold and overbearing but rather precise, focused and elegant. This gorgeous wine will continue to offer immense pleasure for decades. Just over 3,500 bottles were filled after the wine aged about two years and all French oak, 92% new. – Anthony Mueller, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
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
2020 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 six 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.