I received three different types of wine from Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills H3 Wines and I enjoyed them so much I wanted to lick the bottles dry. Yes I really liked them that much and I’m so excited that you can get them in the grocery store.
There are few white wine grape varietals as famous or widely appreciated as the Chardonnay, and with good reason. This highly flexible and adaptable grape quickly became a favorite of wineries due to its fairly neutral character. This neutrality allows the wineries to really show off what they are capable of doing, by allowing features of their terroir or aging process to come forward in the bottle. As well as this, most high quality wineries which produce Chardonnay wines take great efforts to induce what is known as malolactic fermentation, which is the conversion of tart malic acids in the grapes to creamy, buttery lactic acids associated with fine Chardonnay. Whilst the popularity of Chardonnay wines has fluctuated quite a considerable amount over the past few decades, it seems the grape varietal allows enough experimentation and versatility for it always to make a successful comeback.
I took this wine over to my friends house for dinner. It paired well with the pork they made for dinner and it was delicious. I don’t usually like white wines but it wasn’t too sweet it or dry. It was easy to drink.
The 2010 vintage in Horse Heaven Hills saw a cool summer, but a warm September and October had no trouble ripening the naturally low-yielding vines. The resulting wine is lower in alcohol and higher in acidity, making for an elegant, food-friendly, and medium-bodied Cabernet. A nose of cherry and rosewater leads to an earthy palate featuring blackberry and mineral. Black cherry and a hint of chocolate complement the soft tannins on the finish.
I LOVED this one. I drank it all and I’m not even sure I shared. I think my husband tried it but not sure that I let him have very much of it. I’ve found that I love wine and am able to finish off a bottle without even realizing it.
Columbia Crest 2010 Horse Heaven Hills Les Chevaux Red Blend
“Aromas of fresh blueberries, anise and earth lead to firm and supple tannins on the palate. This red wine blend presents incredible depth, with layered flavors of candied nuts, licorice and dark chocolate that lead to a mocha finish featuring ample, sweet tannins.” Supple and spicy, with a plush-textured, dark-hued, blackberry-rich mouthful lingering against creamy oak notes on the long and polished finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2017. 90 Points Wine Spectator
This wine is amazingly full of flavor and is a delightful wine to use in the Queen Charlotte Recipe. And It’s also fabulous to drink on it’s own. IT was an amazing wine and I loved it even more than the Columbia Crest 2010 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.
We received samples of all this wine.