2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Horse Heaven Hills
This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of dark fruit and black cherries, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors and supple tannins lead to a soft cocoa finish.
Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
Total Acidity 0.57 g/100 ml
Alcohol Content: 14.0%
Barrel Aging: 40% new and 60% older French oak for 18 months
A combination of weather conditions led to one of the more challenging vintages in Washington state’s history.
A freeze in Nov. 2010 affected vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, though many sites were not harmed. Additionally, the diversity of Columbia Crest’s vineyard sources balanced vintage variances.
Cool temperatures prevailed during the springtime which delayed bud break and bloom by three to four weeks. Consistently warm summer temperatures lengthened the ripening period. Many sites began harvest three weeks later than a typical year.
October was warm and dry, allowing the grapes to hang a bit longer, creating depth without sugar accumulation.
A Unique Expression of Heritage and Innovation
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.