Horse Heaven Hills Wine

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Bounded on the north by the ridge of the hills forming the southern border of the Yakima Valley, and on the south by the Columbia River, the 570,000 acre Horse Heaven Hills AVA benefits from its unique location in several ways.

Most vineyards are planted on south-sloping hills above the river, with sandy, well-drained soils. They are whipped almost daily by winds blowing steadily from the west via the Columbia Gorge. The extreme winds reduce the risks of fungal diseases, thicken grape skins and concentrate juices.

Currently, the Horse Heaven Hills AVA includes just five wineries, but one of them, Columbia Crest, is the state’s largest. There are some 6040 acres of wine grapes planted — roughly a fifth of the state’s bearing acreage, and sizeable new plantings continue to go in. This is viewed as one of the most promising, and productive grape growing regions in the entire Columbia valley. Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and especially Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars here, and some of the oldest Cabernet Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... 2013 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Syrah/Viognier, 2012 Elerding Vyd Horse Heaven Hills Tempranillo, 2013 Rattlesnake Road Vyd Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc, 2013 Willamette Valley Gamay Noir Rosé Eola-Amity Hills, 2013 Willard Farms/Thistle Vineyard... Read More

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  • Red, sorry to hear about that harrowing adventure to Total Wine, the insanity ... ... SauvignonColumbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet SauvignonDry Creek Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonMartin RayWillamette Valley Vineyards Pinot NoirRocca Felice Barbera d'Alba Superiore Famiglia LanzavecchiaQuinta de Ventozelo Douro Quinta de Ventozelo Reserva... Read More

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  • Red,Another way to try wine with minimal expense is to have a party (you could ... Vineyards" (Washington, Horse Heaven Hills).  It's a great way to try a LOT of wine in a few hours.  Also got lucky as a couple of friends who know my birthday is this week handed me some bottles and said, "put these in your fridge immediately" (lest they become... Read More

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  • Long Shadows Rose Julia's Dazzle 2014

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    Wine review by ejb7777


  • Emark, interesting to note that Ed Sbragia has been the winemaker at Beringer ... Rose.  This a beautiful Horse Heaven Hills rose of Cab Franc. The nose is crisp and clean with a hint of bright red cherry. On the palate is more bright cherry, ripe strawberry and touch of melon, bright acidity and a nice finish.  Just a fun and pleasant wine wi... Read More

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  • Cabernet Franc Rose Appellation Horse Heaven Hills Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2014

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    Beautiful Horse Heaven Hills rose of Cab Franc. The nose is crisp and clean with a hint of bright red cherry. On the palate is more bright cherry, ripe strawberry and touch of melon, bright acidity and a nice finish. One of the nicer roses so far this spring. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills H3 2012

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    Nice drinkable cab but nothing to write home about. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Columbia Crest Red Blend H3 2011

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    Nice Red blend from Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux. Deep fruit flavor with currant with deep purple color, almost black. Nice tannins at the end and a finish that is long. A true value everytime for under $10 dollars.Coats the mouth and throat with that fine deep red flavor Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills H3 2012

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    Nice deep ruby in color. Upon opening, stony nose with blackcurrant and black plum aromas with a stemmy, earthy quality. Hints of bay leaf. On the palate, it has a huge entry with dark flavors of bitter cocoa, espresso, roasted meat, bay leaf, fennel, cassis and a graphite note with a chalky texture. Lingers on black coffee and smoke. It's ... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • The Expedition Merlot Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012

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    Heat and red cherry aromas are sort of a one-track idea but strong and direct. On the palate there's more going on, with loads of fruit flavors and cola. Strident red fruit flavors are powerful and precede a candied finish. If you are looking for an example of a dry wine that carries itself like a sweet one, look no further. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Alexandria Nicole Wines are all Fabulous!! Viognier, Quarry Butte, the list goes on and on Yummy!!!

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