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Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2009
At Columbia Crest we pride ourselves on delivering handcrafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines. Our first release in 1984 started a tradition that has established us as one of America’s most popular and fast-growing wineries.
Mediocre Washington chardonnay. Somewhat oaky and heavy with butterscotch, brown spices and little acidity.
Green apple on the nose, very buttery. A little bit of oak on the finish.
This 2009 2 Vines Chard has green apple notes mostly but also some pear and citrus. The amount of fruit is on the light side for this simple wine. My rating--16.5
This is an amazing blend. One of my all time favorite wines. Big tannins, great finish, so smooth right out of the bottle. This wine continues to develop in the glass as you drink it. A great wine for a great price.
The 2008 rated 91 points from Wine Spectator. I'd not be surprised if this 2009 vintage scores 90+ points. It is a good bIg Red blend from Washington's biggest winery with all the grapes sourced from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The AVA includes Canoe Ridge overlooking the Columbia river. Columbia Crest wines are 2 Vines $8 entry level offering, Grand Estates $11 very drinkable Columbia Valley offering, this new 3H $15 tier which is a true bargain and the reserves that include the WS #1 2009 Wine of the year. In a sea of wine during the Horse Heaven Hills trail drive this stood out as a fruit forward blend with well balanced tanins and acid, a nice smooth finish, that is ready to drink now. This will now doubt only improve with up to 5+ years of aging.
Two and a half glasses
External Reviews for Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay Columbia Valley
Rich and vibrant, beautiful focused to show off its plush honey, spice and smoke-accented pear and apricot flavors. Finish is seductively polished and as smooth as a Jean Arp sculpture. Drink now through 2005.
Polished, creamy and elegantly balanced to show off its pear, rose petal and clove flavors, lingering gently on the poised finish. Drink now through 2011.
Grand Estates is Columbia Crest's midpriced offering, and this Chardonnay sees plenty of oak and sur lie aging. Rich, toasted-nut aromas underscore firm apple and pear fruit. The custardy texture is a treat.
The Grand Estates lineup from Columbia Crest is always a leader in the Chardonnay and Merlot categories. This offers intense fruit and a decent amount of new oak, bundled into a big, ripe wine with plenty of pineapple/butterscotch power, and enough firm acid to knit it all together.
Columbia Crest is a perennial favorite for value, represented here by this lovely Chardonnay. Winemaker Doug Gore ferments some grapes in French barrels, some in American oak, some in stainless steel. Gore's master blend results in one of the best and most affordable Washington Chardonnays year after year.
Spicy aromas of pineapple and pear. Smooth and easygoing, with rather simple flavors dominated by oak notes of butterscotch and vanilla. A loosely skit, rather commercial wine with a supple texture and decent intensity.
Rich and creamy, a plush mouthful of peach, pear, nutmeg and cream flavors that wind themselves nicely all the way through the generous finish. Inexpensive and more than plentiful. Drink now through 2003.
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