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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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • We flew out west in early March (04 March 2017) to continue our annual wine ... ... Valley (Walla Walla, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington).  One special activity was a 4-hour limo ride in Walla Walla to several wineries. I added info and a few pictures as we proceeded through the wine tasting vacation.  The Snooth forum had a few issues with ho... Read More

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  • Too bad for fellow Snoothers,  as this wine sold exclusively at Whole ... ... ... Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills and Willard in the Yakima Valley. A light hand with oak allows for a nose of black cherry, red currant and cola with whiffs of anise and tar. There’s pleasing balance to its lighter structure that’s focused on Montmoren... Read More

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  • LV - Any must-see wineries in the Walla Walla region?  We head out this ... AVA, Rocks District AVA and Horse Heaven Hills AV Read More

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  • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2013

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    A big surprise. This needed a little lay down time and was well rewarded. Lush and fruity with rounded tannins and good acidity. A wonderful mouthfeel this is a perfect daily drinker - 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by finney


  • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2013

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    Wine review by finney


  • Red Mountain is an AVA and it is AWESEOME!  Horse Heaven Hills has some very similar characteristics to Red Mountain.  Red Mtn has more minerality and earthiness.  Both are pretty warm.  I believe that Red Mountain is one of the warmest AVAs in Washington. Read More

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  • Drinking an 09 Petite Sirah from one of my favorite Seattle Urban Wineries and Horse Heaven Hills, one of my favorite Washington AVAs.  Dark currant, plums, cedar baking spices with an excellent tannin fueled backbone. Read More

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  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend les Chevaux 2013

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend les Chevaux 2013

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    Wine review by bobvree


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

    Comment by 212254arnieswine 212254 arnieswine


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