Horse Heaven Hills
The wine opens with fruitful aromas that give way to mouth-filling flavors of baked red berries and currant with subtle earthy accents. With supple tannins and an expressive finish, this is an extremely food-friendly red wine.
Blend: 73% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 7% Viognier
Total Acidity 0.60 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 14.8%
Barrel Aging: 18 months in 70% Once Used French Oak and 30% in New French Oak barrels
Fermentaion: co-fermentation on the skins lasted between 7-14 days
Spring temperatures in Eastern Washington started off relatively cool but rose quickly, and the region soon settled in to a more typical weather pattern.
Summer was predictably warm though without any prolonged excessive heat events, with temperatures rarely breaking 100° Fahrenheit.
Late summer and early fall brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October.
A few sporadic rain showers in mid-to-late October were quickly dissipated by persistent winds and had no effect on the harvest.
Overall the 2012 harvest was outstanding; the red wines are flavorful and rich with ripe tannins.
Meticulously hand-crafted in our Petit Chai – a “winery-within-a-winery” – our Reserve wines represent the pinnacle of winemaking at Columbia Crest. Sourced from premier vineyard sites, less than one percent of the finest grape yields will qualify for our Reserve program, and these wines receive the same hands-on care and attention-to-detail associated with the world’s most exclusive boutique wineries.