This deep purple wine shows the classic Horse Heaven Hills trademark nose of blueberry, crème de cassis, crushed violets and damp earth. Still in its youth, it lands on the palate with great polish and fine details, showing a classic, elegant style with fine grained tannins. Rich black cherry, black currant and blueberry reduction melt into creamy cocoa and stony mineral. Delightful now, this has the structure to last a couple of decades.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills offers a Graves-like style and reminds me of a great vintage of Haut-Bailly with its full-bodied, sexy, weightless style as well as darker currant fruits and notes of tobacco leaf, damp earth, and cedarwood. A wine that pretty much stopped me in my tracks during my tastings, it is already impossible to resist yet is going to cruise for two decades in cold cellars. The blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, from a blend from Discovery, Champoux, and Wallula vineyards, aged 21 months in 80% new French oak.