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Columbia Crest Winery Merlot H3 Horse Heaven Hills 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

TASTING NOTES: This medium-bodied merlot delivers aromas of spice and blackberry with the perfect balance of earth, cocoa and ripe cherry notes on the palate. The complex flavors are followed by a smooth, velvety finish. - Juan Muñoz Oca, Winemaker GROWING SEASON: After a “classic” Washington vintage in 2012, the summer of 2013 was one of the warmest in the past decade with favorable temperature conditions extending into fall. Accelerated ripening due to the warm season was slowed by cooler temperatures and light rain events in September. This aided in hang time development resulting in stellar fruit characters and flavors. 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 7-14 days on the skins to extract optimum fruit and structural components. Malolactic fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.. The wine was barrel aged in 1/3 new American and French oak and in 2/3 older oak for approximately 18 months. Alcohol: 14.5% Total Acidity: 0.51g/100ml pH: 3.76

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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 Merlot H3 Horse Heaven Hills

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/24/2015

TASTING NOTES: This medium-bodied merlot delivers aromas of spice and blackberry with the perfect balance of earth, cocoa and ripe cherry notes on the palate. The complex flavors are followed by a smooth, velvety finish. - Juan Muñoz Oca, Winemaker GROWING SEASON: After a “classic” Washington vintage in 2012, the summer of 2013 was one of the warmest in the past decade with favorable temperature conditions extending into fall. Accelerated ripening due to the warm season was slowed by cooler temperatures and light rain events in September. This aided in hang time development resulting in stellar fruit characters and flavors. 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 7-14 days on the skins to extract optimum fruit and structural components. Malolactic fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.. The wine was barrel aged in 1/3 new American and French oak and in 2/3 older oak for approximately 18 months. Alcohol: 14.5% Total Acidity: 0.51g/100ml pH: 3.76




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