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Columbia Crest "H3 Horse Heaven Hills" Washington Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Washington)
Columbia Crest "H3 Horse Heaven Hills" Washington Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Washington)


 

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Winery: Columbia Crest
Varietal: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc
Region: Washington
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: COLUMBIACRESTH3CAB08-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

The vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills are the source and inspiration behind the H3 wines. The hills have been home to the Columbia Crest winery for more than two decades, and it is this heritage, combined with innovative winemaking and vineyard knowledge, that allow our winemaker to create wines that capture the unique terroir of the region.

A perfect growing season with full crop yields and restrained sugar levels led to outstanding wines from Washington state’s vineyards in 2008. Harvest began 10 days later than normal due to cool spring weather and a moderate summer.

Hot weather in August provided ideal ripening conditions for grapes across all varietals and harvest was quickly ramped up in order to obtain fruit at the optimum ripeness.

Grapes were crushed at 20% whole-berry to retain fruit quality.

Fermentation lasted 6-10 days on the skins to extract optimum fruit and structural components.

Various yeasts were used to maintain fruit fl avors and complexity.

The wine was racked at three month and six month intervals during the 14-18 month barrel aging period.

The wine was barrel aged in 40% new American and French oak, and 60% older oak for 14-18 months.

89% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Merlot
3% Cabernet Franc


What Does It Taste Like?

"This intense, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon delivers aromas of cherries and huckleberry jam, with a perfect balance of earthy tannins, great focus in the mid-palate and a soft, smooth cocoa finish."
Ray Einberger, Winemaker


Ratings / Reviews

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine ('07 vintage):
"Polished and silky in texture, with ripe blackberry, currant and mint flavors that keep sailing through the long, expressive finish. The tannins are beautifully integrated. Best from 2011 through 2017. 30,000 cases made." -HS (Web only, 2009)

"Top 100 Values of the Year" & "Best Buy" - Wine & Spirits Magazine  ('07 vintage):
"This wine's dark plum and black cherry scents are accented by a healthy dollop of oak. At the moment, that oak dominates. Give the wine some air and then pour with a steak." (6/1/2010)

91 points - “Top 100 Value of the Year and Best Buy” - Wine & Spirits Magazine ('06 vintage):
"This has satisfying savory aromas of tree bark, tobacco and sundried tomato to complement the dark, plumy fruit. There’s enough of a red tinge to that fruit to give the wine freshness and energy. A steal of a cab and a great choice for grilled short ribs." (6/1/2009)

“Savvy Shopper” - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"This firm red offers a prominent licorice-pepper character weaving through the blackberry and cream flavors, which mingle effectively on the generous finish." (3/31/2009)




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