Horse Heaven Hills
This bold medium-bodied wine delivers aromas of cherry blossoms and rose petals, with a perfect balance of earth, mineral and deep berry flavors leading to a soft tannin cocoa finish.
Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Total Acidity 0.56 g/100 ml
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Barrel Aging: 40% new and 60% older French oak for 18 months
The 2010 vintage was the cooler than the past vintages; bud break arrived on schedule in early April, but a cool, wet spring delayed flowering and reduced fruit set across many varieties.
An unusually cool summer produced dramatic differences in ripening between warmer and cooler sites, with veraison extending into September in some cooler areas.
However, naturally low yields, combined with over a month of consistently warm weather from late September through late October, produced phenolic ripeness and flavor development with extraordinary natural acidity.
Cool, wet weather returned in late October, an appropriate bookend to a challenging harvest.
Overall, 2010 produced balanced, elegant wines with lower alcohol and higher acidity.
Columbia Crest H3 wines were created to celebrate the winery’s rich heritage in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA as well as its innovative spirit with regards to winemaking and viticulture practices. Grapes from this distinctive appellation produce bold, well-balanced and seductive wines. Great care is taken to ensure that the uniqueness of the appellation’s terroir is expressed in each bottle of H3.