97pts Jeb Dunnuck
The Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated 2019 Passing By is another powerful, pedal-to-the-metal release from this team that somehow manages to stay perfectly balanced and elegant at the same time. Napa-like crème de cassis, graphite, candied flowers, and tobacco all emerge from the glass. Full-bodied on the palate, it has ripe tannins, perfectly integrated oak, and a great, great finish.
96+pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot and 1% Petite Sirah, the 2019 Passing By has a medium ruby-purple color and lush aromas of blackcurrants, aniseed, pepper and coffee with touches of rose-petal perfume. The full-bodied palate explodes with savory cassis supported by silty tannins and bursts of freshness that elevate the very long, floral finish.
Awesome notes of blackcurrants, cassis, toasted spice, graphite, and violets give way to a powerful, sexy wine that has a Napa-like opulence and sexiness.