Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 96178
  • red wine
  • W&S91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

This intense, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon delivers aromas of cherry blossom and rose petals with a perfect balance of earth, mineral, deep berry flavors, and a soft, smooth cocoa finish.

The 2006 growing season was marked by weather extremes, with near record rainfallduring the early spring and record high temperatures in the early and mid-summer. Although a challenging season weather-wise, exceptional sites including the warmer parts of the Horse Heaven Hills and Wahluke Slope saw early ripening and bold tannins from the high temperatures. In the cooler growing areas later ripening prompted good color, pronounced fruit flavors and softer tannins in reds.

Critical Acclaim

"Top 100 Value of the Year and Best Buy This has satisfying savory aromas of tree bark, tobacco and sundried tomato to complement the dark, plumy fruit. There's enough of a red tinge to that fruit to give the wine freshness and energy. A steal of a cab and a great choice for grilled short ribs."
91 Points

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Outstanding bargain! A fresh, ready to drink cab with a hint of berry.
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Very nice find - great everyday cab from Washington State - dark plummy fruit, nice texture and mouthfeel - grabbed a few bottles for the cellar as well
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Sparky G - Simsbury, CT (read all my reviews)

Very nice, too bad they sold out.
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The wine has a very powerful (overpowering) nose unless decanted for at least and hour. Once decanted however, this is an astounding wine for the price - chewy and dense, with earthy fruit tones. I enjoyed this alone, and with a strong/creamy french blue cheese - excellent. This is not a complex wine - but for the price, if you like a big red this is outstanding. I bought one bottle to try it - just ordered a half-case for the cellar. Given the tannins, its short term in the cellar, but will be a strong add.
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Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state's emergence as a world-class wine region. Over the years, the winery has remained committed to delivery handcrafted, small-lot wines, as well as affordable, superior quality everyday wines. ...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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