The 2003 Harrison Hill is a Bordeaux style wine from winemaker Chris Upchurch of DeLille Cellars. Grapes for this wine are sourced from the Harrison Hill vineyard in Yakima. This 5 acre vineyard was planted in 1962 and has steep slopes with sandy-loam soil over a gravel base. In the early 1990’s Chris Upchurch took control of the vineyard and ripped out all of the existing vines except for a 1 acre plot of 1962 Cabernet Sauvignon. He replanted the vineyard with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. 1994 was the first release of the Harrison Hill.
The 2003 Harrison Hill is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 1 % Petit Verdot. This wine has a fantastic nose! It’s floral with strawberries, brambleberry, blackberry, red cherry, blackberry, cassis, chocolate, sage, spices and earth. On the palate the fruits are all black with a lovely smattering of savory herbs. The tannins are so silky and the wine has integrated nicely. I love how this wine feels in my mouth! It’s a very elegant wine that just lingers on the finish.