Date Tasted: 2/16/13
Price: Suggested Retail is $15.00 (purchased for $12.00)
From The Winery: 14.5% alcohol. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Horse Heaven Hills AVA.
Impressions/Notes: Columbia Crest produces six wines under it’s H3 label–a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Les Chevaux Red Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc–all hailing from Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Each wine is priced at a budget-friendly $15.00. The 2010 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon is easy-drinking, food-friendly, and a very good buy at this price point. The wine started off a little bit slow, with pickle barrel dominating the nose, but this quickly faded to reveal aromas of black and red fruits (red currant, blackberry), cedar, vanilla, toasted coconut, and brown sugar. It’s medium bodied, with firm acidity and light tannins, and did I mention it’s easy-drinking?
Rating: Recommended (87), 4/5 Value