Vines coming in at 60 and 30 years old from the special, unassuming Harrison Hill Vineyard work their magic once again. The lighter ruby red color looks more like Pinot Noir or Grenache then a Cabernet-dominant blend. The riveting nose showing red currants, tobacco leaf, and sous bois could be blindly mistaken for Bordeaux. There is a silky texture that effortlessly leads way to an elegant finish that does not seem to end. Impeccably balanced and oozing with personality, the 2019 Harrison Hill reconfirms why, year after year, it’s one of our favorites.
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— Jeb Dunnuck
A great vintage for this cuvée, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Harrison Hill is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Franc from a tiny appellation just west of Red Mountain. Gorgeous notes of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, flowers, sandalwood, and Asian spices give way to a medium to full-bodied red with supple, elegant tannins, beautiful overall balance, and a great finish. It’s never the biggest or richest wine in the lineup, but it shines for its complexity, elegance, and balance, and is already a joy to drink. It’s going to keep for two decades.
“Of all the vineyards we work with, Harrison Hill has the most distinct style. When you have 60-year-old vines, they take on a character of their own,” said Director of Winemaking and Viticulture Jason Gorski. “You have these old vines with deep roots that aren’t overly vigorous. The small fruit clusters are jam-packed with flavor and hang on the vine well into October, adding more and more complexity.”
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
2019 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.
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.