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Columbia Crest Winery Merlot H3 Horse Heaven Hills 2015

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: * 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. Blend: 82% Merlot 12% Syrah 4% Malbec 2% Other Varietals Alcohol: 15.0% TA: 0.53g/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
05/10/2018

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: * 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. Blend: 82% Merlot 12% Syrah 4% Malbec 2% Other Varietals Alcohol: 15.0% TA: 0.53g/100ml pH: 3.76



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