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 flavors and complexity. The wine was racked at three month and six month intervals during the 14-18 month barrel aging period.
This intense, fruit-forward Cabemet Sauvignon delivers aromas of dark chocolate-covered cherries, black tea and a hint of cedar, leading to a silky texture accented by flavors of cassis and exotic spices. This wine is structured but delicate with a perfect balance of earthy tannins and a lingering finish, -Ray Einberger, Winemaker
Date of Tasting: February 20100
Country of Origin: Washington, United States
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price on Date of Tasting: $14.99