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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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Syrah

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

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  • Speaking of Washington Merlot - here is what I am drinking tonight.  ... ... their estate vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills.  This sucker needs some serious air time - I think it is going to taste a lot better tomorrow. Read More

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  • Looking at some notebooks the next 2 flights were '07 Vintage.'07 ... ... Bunnell Family from WA, a Horse Heaven Hills and a Clifton. I know the Pax never made it into a flight because of how full the bottle was the next day. Did the Bunnell's make the WA flight? I would imagine so. Who has the notes on this? I tasted both the Bunnell wines ye... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Wildhaven Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Horse Heaven Hills 2012

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    The 2102 vintage in Wa is highly rated but I am not finding that to be so. This Cabernet is characterized by chocolate and spice with moderate complexity but surely not like the 2009 vintage. Enjoyable but not profound. My rating -- 88 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • JD - Excellent selection with the Gramercy!Here is what I will be bringing to ... ... Bunnell Family Cellar Horse Heaven Hills Syrah2007 Bunnell Family Cellar Clifton Hill Vineyard, Wahluke Slope 97% Syrah 3% Viognier2009 Smasne Cellars Block 3 Syrah Lawrence Vineyard 94% Syrah 6% Viognier2012 Nefarious Cellars Estate Defiance Vineyard Syrah ... Read More

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  • I've got a place to stay lined up about 15 minutes due West of Santa ... ... makers! 2007 Bunnell Horse Heaven Hills Syrah2007 Bunnell Clifton Hill Vineyard Syrah2009 Smasne Block 3 Syrah (Lawrence Vineyard)2012 Nefarious Estate Syrah (Defiance Vineyard Lake Chelan AVA)I hope all the rest of you have your game face on because these Washington ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Six Prong Red Blend Columbia Valley 2010

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    Love the 2009 but can't find anywhere! Read More

    Wine review by Kathy Brown


  • 14 Hands White Blend Horse Heaven Hills Hot To Trot White 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by libraryhill


  • Location is Forestville CA. in the middle of the RRV. I am about 12 minutes ... - Bunnell Family Cellar Horse Heaven Hills Syrah '07, Bunnell Family Cellar Clifton Hill Vineyard '07, Smasne Cellars Block 3 Syrah Lawrence Vineyard '07, Nefarious Cellars Estate Defiance Vineyard Syrah '12Foxall - Cornas Alain Voge VV '07, Luke Lambert '10  + 1 m... Read More

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  • Columbia Crest H3 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by jaygatsby


  • H3 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Good mix of dark fruit, vanilla, leather, butter and spices. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • 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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