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2016 Merlot

Horse Heaven Hills

Columbia Crest H3 Merlot Horse Heaven Hills
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: 100% Merlot
Total Acidity 0.54 g/100 mL
pH: 3.80
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Barrel Aging: 66% older oak and in 34% new oak barrels, both French and American, for approximately 15 months.

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.

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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