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Columbia Crest Winery Cabernet Sauvignon H3 Horse Heaven Hills 2015

External Review by We Speak Wine:

GROWING SEASON: ■ The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington. ■ Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. ■ Overall, 2015 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing optimal ripening across varieties and yielding outstanding wines throughout the region. VINEYARDS: ■ The Horse Heaven Hills vineyards are located in Eastern Washington. This region is mostly dry with less precipitation due to the rain shadow effect from the surrounding Cascade Mountain range. ■ The terrain consists of south-facing slopes that provide excellent sun exposure for grape ripening, and protection from cold airflow during the winter months. ■ Strong wind patterns in the Horse Heaven Hills reduce canopy size and density and contribute to even ripening by moderating temperature extremes. VINIFICATION: ■ Grapes were crushed and then fermented 6-10 days on the skins. ■ Malolactic fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. Blending occurred immediately after fermentation. ■ The majority of the wine (88%) aged for 9 months in a combination of new and older French and American oak barrels, while a small percentage of the wine (12%) aged in stainless steel tanks. TASTING NOTES: This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish. ~ Juan Muñoz Oca, Winemaker Blend: 77% Cabernet 21 % Merlot 2% Syrah Alcohol: 14.5% Total Acidity: 0.54 g/100ml pH: 3.78

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Columbia Crest:
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.

External Reviews for Columbia Crest Winery Cabernet Sauvignon H3 Horse Heaven Hills

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/25/2018

GROWING SEASON: ■ The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington. ■ Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest. ■ Overall, 2015 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing optimal ripening across varieties and yielding outstanding wines throughout the region. VINEYARDS: ■ The Horse Heaven Hills vineyards are located in Eastern Washington. This region is mostly dry with less precipitation due to the rain shadow effect from the surrounding Cascade Mountain range. ■ The terrain consists of south-facing slopes that provide excellent sun exposure for grape ripening, and protection from cold airflow during the winter months. ■ Strong wind patterns in the Horse Heaven Hills reduce canopy size and density and contribute to even ripening by moderating temperature extremes. VINIFICATION: ■ Grapes were crushed and then fermented 6-10 days on the skins. ■ Malolactic fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. Blending occurred immediately after fermentation. ■ The majority of the wine (88%) aged for 9 months in a combination of new and older French and American oak barrels, while a small percentage of the wine (12%) aged in stainless steel tanks. TASTING NOTES: This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish. ~ Juan Muñoz Oca, Winemaker Blend: 77% Cabernet 21 % Merlot 2% Syrah Alcohol: 14.5% Total Acidity: 0.54 g/100ml pH: 3.78



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