Horse Heaven Hills
This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish.
Blend: 85% Cabernet, 14 % Merlot, 1% Other Red Varietals
Total Acidity 0.55 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Barrel Aging: 90% of the wine aged for 12 months in new and older French and American oak barrels, 10% aged in stainless steel tanks.
Fermentaion: 6-10 days on skins
The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer. A cooler than normal end of the ripening season allowed the wines to have ripeness, yet maintain freshness and elegance.
The early dry and warm spring, combined with cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in the longest harvest on record in Washington State (August 15-November 15).
Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with nicely resolved tannins and maturity.
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.