2013 Columbia Crest "H3" Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1202459 91 points Wine Spectator

 *Best Value* Supple, focused and distinctive for its core of ripe plum, currant, sage and floral flavors, which mingle effectively and harmoniously on the long, expressive finish. The tannins are nicely shaped. (HS)  (12/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Best Buy* The oak (40% new French and American) is up front, with aromas of barrel spices, cocoa and generous amounts of vanilla followed by cherries and blue fruit. This wine is velvety in feel, displaying a mixture of fruit and barrel that carries through the finish. The oak influence is heavy but the appeal is impossible to ignore. (SS)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

Columbia Crest's H3 Cabernet Sauvignon is a perennial value and very, very tough to beat at this price.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2015 | Send Email
Almost every time someone comes in looking for a good value in Californian Cab, I ask if they would be willing to look at Washington instead. The Columbia Crest H3 Cab is one such reason I do this. This is a stunning wine for this price, very good fruit and structure. Totally easy drinking, this is one to store in bulk and break out at any party.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
There have been few wines that we have sold more bottles of over the last 5-6 years than the H3 Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Crest. Last year alone we sold over 7000 bottles! So we know that people love this wine and we find that it is huge for repeat buys. This time of the year it is a great party wine, over delivering and tasting like it costs a whole lot more than its actual price tag. So we couldn’t pass on e-mailing it to everyone again, it just too good to miss.
Fleshy and bold on the nose this has some masculine oak and gobs of berry and both red and black currant fruit wrapped in a friendly vanilla and cinnamon lace. Powerful and generous this has a high level of fruit and oak intensity and will give a lot of Cabs in the $25-30 price point a run for their money. Red plum, hot chocolate, blueberry, crushed stone and a pleasing oak toast. With its soft tannins, silky feel and deep spice concentration this is a great everyday/every occasion wine that is sure to be a hit at any time of the year.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
Surprising concentration and flavors for a wine in this price range and a lot more direction, complexity and structure. Excellent for the price point, this isn't some sloppy, flabby wine; this has depth and is truly very good.
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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2015 | Send Email
Fruit forward, easy drinking, top value Cabernet...need I say more...? A top seller year in year out.
Top Value!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 14