Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
This bold medium-bodied wine delivers aromas of cherry blossoms and rose petals, with a perfect balance of earth, mineral and deep berry flavors leading to a soft tannin cocoa finish.
Wine Spectator - "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."
Columbia Crest Winery
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. In 2009, the winery reached a milestone when Wine Spectator named their 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Wine of the Year," the first time a wine from Washington state has received the ranking. This accolade was not only a historic moment for Columbia Crest, but for all wineries in Washington and reinforced the belief that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world. View all Columbia Crest Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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24 ratings, 7 with reviewstwoforksandacorkscrew - Richmond Hill, NY41/10/2015
We were very impressed with this 92 pt. rated wine. This wine has a beautiful color and light bouquet. It tastes of plum, blackberry, and raspberry with finishing notes of coffee. It is a complex and well-balanced wine. Read our full review on our blog, Two Forks and a Corkscrew.GregHD - Minocqua, WI47/24/2013Mary Bradley - Arlington, VA47/5/2013
- Big & Bold
Robert Duffy - Sparta, NC36/20/2013Decent everyday wine, though a bit priceycontroller1 - Pineville, LA42/5/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Great wine for the price. Purchased as a gift for neighbors during the holidays. Had a bottle left over and wished we had more. Ordering more today!joels - New York, NY34/24/2013rfarouni - Columbus, OH33/31/201343/25/2013
- Smooth & Supple
A delicious Cabernet with dark berry flavors and a hint of cocoa at the finish. I was amazed at the smoothness and the pleasant dryness of this wine but it still had a bold character to it. A real treat alone or with heavier meats.David Smith - Gainesville, FL43/24/201343/14/2013Great value.... My go to for a smooth and supple wine42/28/2013Drinks much better than an $11.99 bottle of wine. Good berries on the front end and little tannins.Colin Johnson - Albuquerque, NM32/24/2013512/26/2012Outstanding wine for the price. Very smooth.hailegator - Gainesville, FL411/29/2012hailegator - Gainesville, FL211/29/201239/18/2012
- Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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