2013 Columbia Crest "H3 - Les Chevaux" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend

SKU #1315914 90 points Wine Spectator

 Supple, expressive and inviting, layering dark berry, licorice and toast flavors with specks of pepper and floral. Lingers easily against refined tannins. Merlot, Syrah, Viognier and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2018. 70,000 cases made.  (6/2016)

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 Merlot and Syrah make up the bulk of this wine, with the remainder pinches of Viognier and Cabernet Franc. Fresh flower, plum and milk chocolate aromas are followed by appealing sweet fruit and barrel flavors.  (3/2016)

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Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2017 | Send Email
"Les Chevaux" is a workhorse wine: a fantastic Columbia Valley red blend with 90+ point scores across the board. A blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is heady and fragrant, with perfumed aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry, violet and rose petal. The palate is full bodied with supple soft tannin and ample fruit. This is a great everyday red.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2017 | Send Email
The 2013 vintage in Washington was one of the warmest in the past decade with favorable temperature conditions extending into fall. The accelerated ripening that occurred in the warmer than average summer was offset by cooler temperatures and light rains in September. Both helped result in stellar fruit characters and flavors. Composition in this red blend was 59% Merlot, 36% Syrah, 4% Viognier, and 1% Cabernet Franc. On the nose, layered aromas of sugar plum, blackberry, and raspberry. Tertiary aromas of cedar and fruitcake follow. On the palate, flavors of rich black cherry and pluots, with notes of vanillas and baking spices following. A fantastic red blend for under $15!

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