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Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills H3 Chardonnay 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.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills H3 Chardonnay
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.
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.
This is a blocky, chiseled, mainstream style, with big, chunky fruit and well-defined, toasty oak. Still rough around the edges, it has more weight and concentration than the less expensive but oh-so-buttery "Two Vines" bottling.
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.
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.
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.
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