Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2009

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Intense aromas of apple and pear lead into hints of melon and creamy butter on the palate in this refined Chardonnay....

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Mediocre Washington chardonnay. Somewhat oaky and heavy with butterscotch, brown spices and little acidity. Read more

Green apple on the nose, very buttery. A little bit of oak on the finish. Read more

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. ... Read more

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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578085,223
2.00 5
11/27/2012

Mediocre Washington chardonnay. Somewhat oaky and heavy with butterscotch, brown spices and little acidity.


Snooth User: Mimi Kim
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3.00 5
05/28/2011

Green apple on the nose, very buttery. A little bit of oak on the finish.


Snooth User: Zuiko
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2.50 5
09/22/2012

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


Snooth User: nilvento
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5.00 5
09/03/2012

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.


Snooth User: khaskins
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4.00 5
07/19/2011

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.


External Reviews for Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay Columbia Valley

External Review
05/22/2011

Bigger with more obvious oak than the CC "regular," this gets special treatment (hand-stirred for nine months once a week) and 25% new oak. It's nicely integrated, big and buttery, with pleasing layers of carmelized sugar and baked apple. A home run.


External Review
05/22/2011

Though the Wine Advocate has been bellowing it for years, it is worth repeating: Columbia Crest is the source of some of the finest values in the world. I am awestruck that winemaker Ray Einberger and his team can produce such quality in industrial-size quantities. For example, the 2003 Chardonnay Grand Estates (225,000 cases!) reveals delightful aromatics of vanilla bean and ripe pear. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is broad, spicy, and silky-textured. Its vanilla, spice, and white fruit flavors linger in its appealingly supple and pure finish. Drink this awesome value over the next 1-2 years.


External Review
05/22/2011

Located in the middle of nowhere, Columbia Crest consistently produces massive quantities of good to excellent wine, a truly remarkable feat. For example, there are 285,000 cases of the 2002 Chardonnay Grand Estates, a superb value. This entirely barrel-fermented wine (60% American and 40% French, each of the 11,400 barrels has its lees stirred by hand every week for 6 months) reveals rich almond and spicy mineral aromas. Medium-bodied, satin-textured, and balanced, it offers loads of pear, apple, and melon flavors in its expressive character. Drink it over the next 2 years.


External Review
05/22/2011

With supple, creamy texture, the spicy, oaky notes stand out, but there's plenty of ripe pear and pineapple behind them to balance neatly and make it approachable. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
05/22/2011

Unquestionably, one of the finest values I have encountered in American whites over the past few years is the 2001 Chardonnay Grand Estates. Its entralling, smoky, toasty, pear aromas lead to a lush, oily-textured personality that is medium-bodied, plump, and sultry. This well-balanced, flavorful wine has an exquisite mouth-feel and loads of spicy white fruit and oak in its exuberant personality. Drink it over the next two years.


External Review
05/22/2011

Big, bright and round, with a buttery, oaky mix of tropical fruits and plenty of sweet, toasty oak. Very well made in a rich, round, approachable style.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Intense aromas of apple and pear lead into hints of melon and creamy butter on the palate in this refined Chardonnay. The lingering finish is a lush balance of wood, carmelized sugar, and fruit.

Intense aromas of apple and pear lead into hints of melon and creamy butter on the palate in this refined Chardonnay. The lingering finish is a lush balance of wood, carmelized sugar, and fruit.

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