H3

2015 Merlot

Horse Heaven Hills

Columbia Crest H3 Merlot Horse Heaven Hills
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90 points

May 16, 2018

 

Columbia Crest H3 Merlot Horse Heaven Hills

This medium-bodied Merlot delivers aromas of spice and blackberry with the perfect balance of earth, cocoa and ripe cherry notes on the palate. The complex flavors are followed by a smooth, velvety finish.

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Blend: 82% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 4% Malbec, 2% Other Varietals
Total Acidity 0.53 g/100 mL
pH: 3.76
Alcohol Content: 15.0%
Barrel Aging: barrel aged in 74% older oak and in 26% new oak barrels, both French and American, for approximately 15 months.
Fermentaion: 7-14 days on skins

The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington.

Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest.

Overall, 2015 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing optimal ripening across varieties and yielding outstanding wines throughout the region.

About H3 Wines

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.

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