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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  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Columbia Crest H3 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


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    Wine review by jaygatsby

  • H3 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


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

    Wine review by cgplayer9

  • Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot 2011


    Smoky and a little meaty on the nose with dark aromas of roasted coffee, and a little spicy with hints of ink and stem. Smooth and moderately rich in the mouth with nice firm little pointy tannins wrapped in coffee and fresh plumy fruit. Theres lovely depth and nuance on the palate with black raspberry and red cherry fruit emerging on the backen... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard 2012


    100% barrel fermented, 50% natural yeats, one third new wood, sends 10 months in oak Fairly oaky on the nose and a bit creamy though nicely floral and fresh with tart apple aromas. Starting off a bit soft and round in the mouth this shows off fine clarity to the fruit, rather pear driven with spicy cider apple notes wrapped in a creamy barre... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Canoe Ridge Cabernet Franc Estate 2011


    unlabeled pre-release sampleLots of toasty spice is layered over red raspberry fruit, with fine white pepper, clay, and green peppercorn highlights. Zesty, mineral, and a bit floral on entry this shows off a firm and full texture yet remains transparent with almost sweet raspberry fruit on the palate. Theres a hint of red currant astringency a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010


    Pretty big on the nose and rich with black currant, spice, tobacco, burnt sugar, and earth. On the palate this is a bit softer than expected, with rich, lovely red currant fruit, dusty tannins, and leafy edges. Bright and gaining focus in the mouth, exhibiting nice cut and energy, this is so clean, fresh, and juicy with tangy cranberry and rasp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Canoe Ridge Red Cherry Street Reserve 2010


    Syrah, Grenache, MalbecCandied on the nose and fairly oaky with aromas of toasty spice and red rope licorice. A little sweet on entry, if filled with raspberries and strawberries supported by soft tannins. This is a fairly big wine but not terribly structured, with nice green edged strawberry fruit, rich and soft and with just a little spice, l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Canoe Ridge Merlot Reserve 2010


    Smoky oak and a bit of dark fruit op on the nose followed by carob, a hint of truffle, and green coffee bean accents. Round on entry, this firms up up nicely in the mouth. A touch of green herb frames the core of black plum and black berry,currant fruit, with a hint of espresso foam adding some complexity. This has a lovely texture, firm, struc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Canoe Ridge Chardonnay Reserve 2012


    Barrel fermented (1/3 new wood), barrel aged for ten months, lees stirred weekly through malo then once a month through April. Big on the nose with layers of toasty, buttery, and creamy nuances over floral leesy notes and intense lime zest and pineapple fruit. Broad yet fairly focused in the mouth, this delivers lots of clear, crisp lemony f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Canoe Ridge Chardonnay the Expedition 2012


    Creamy, green apple, wood spice, and vanilla aromas greet the nose. This is bright and forward in the mouth with a hint of creamy orange and fairly perfumy oak on the very broad palate. With plenty of creamy, buttery base notes and decent length to the green apple and green orange flavors this offers up a fairly rich mouthful, augmented with a b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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

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