2011 Columbia Crest "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
**Good Value** It is not about to challenge its high-ticket cousins when it comes to fruity intensity or depth, yet this priceworthy wine smells and tastes of recognizable Cabernet, and it shows a light veneer of sweet oak to its mid-density, dark-cherry fruit. It is supple and agreeably balanced with a trim tannic spine, and it will make a pleasant partner to grilled steak and chops in the near term.
An aromatic offering of Cabernet with notes of char, butterscotch, vanilla and cherry with an underlayer of herbs. It’s elegant and soft in feel with chocolaty flavors and a grip of tannins on the finish.
Velvety and refined, with floral accents to the vibrant red berry and guava flavors, lingering effortlessly on the finish. Drink now through 2016.
Columbia Crest's H3 Cabernet Sauvignon is a perennial value and very, very tough to beat at this price. The 2011 bottling is comprised of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. The Horse Heaven Hills vineyards sourced for this bottling are situated just east of the Cascade Mountains on south-facing slopes. The 2011 vintage was characterized by a cool summer followed by a warm and dry October which fully ripened the grapes without raising potential alcohol levels too high. The wine was aged in 40% new French oak for 18 months before bottling, which has to be unheard-of for $11. From winemaker Juan Muñoz Oca: "This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of dark fruit and black cherries, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors and supple tannins lead to a soft cocoa finish."