2010 Columbia Crest "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Washington Cabernet Sauvignon
Polished and distinctive, offering chocolate and espresso accents around a supple core of cherry and fresh currant fruit. The finish is well-defined, with a silky feel. Drink now through 2019.
This wide-open, flavorful wine is lifted by accents of tobacco and cocoa that sit above the light and pretty cherry flavor. The finish is laden with a mocha note, which provides a pleasing conclusion.
The 2010 vintage in Horse Heaven Hills saw a cool summer, but a warm Semptember and October had no trouble ripening the naturally low-yielding vines. The resulting wine is lower in alcohol and higher in acidity, making for an elegant, food-friendly, and medium-bodied Cabernet. A nose of cherry and rosewater leads to an earthy palate featuring blackberry and mineral. Black cherry and a hint of chocolate complement the soft tannins on the finish.