Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish.
Tomato-based sauces such as Bolognese and Puttanesca, intensely and richly flavored foods such as grilled meats, braised lamb shanks or pot roast, and strongly flavored cheeses.
Wine Spectator - "Dark and spicy, billowing with plum, currant and white chocolate flavors, picking up pear and white tea notes as the finish lingers with refinement. The tannins are submerged."
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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>4 out of 5 stars
9 ratings, 5 with reviewspallen - Parker, CO412/20/2014
412/17/2014I concur with tenacean--the fruit is superb and, at this price, the wine is an excellent value. Had purchased a single bottle, and just now ordered a case with the 12% off case special.tenacean - Jefferson, MD412/14/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Typically...from all the Columbia Crest I've tried...it was ALWAYS overrated by Wine Spectator...to the point I truly felt that WS was in CC's corporate pocket. This time around though...I think the 92 rating is still high...but...it's a tasty and excellent value wine. The fruit is wonderful which is crucial for me for ANY wine...and there is a spicy quality that is just outstanding...any oak is well integrated...not complex...just smooooooth. I nearly drank a whole bottle myself without realizing I had. My score...90/100 due to outstanding fruit but lack of overall complexity...excellent...and a value wine.Marty Moss - Henderson, NV512/13/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Troy Mawyer - Berlin, MD312/10/2014Good Cab for the money. Reminds me of some Cote Du Rhone spicy wines that feature Shiraz/Grenacheshivrajd - Villanova, PA312/7/2014The Maven - Moorpark, CA412/6/2014
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Just about anything
Very nice wine, but its got to have a fairly significant component of Syrah or Zin. The flavors are spicy, with notes of clove and violets. Not Cab like. Reminds me of the Conundrum Red which is also off-beat.John Flynn - Melrose, MA512/4/2014
- Earth & Spicy
Incredible value. For the price this wine was a home run for me.Constance "Cat" Bohm - Dublin, CA412/1/2014Related ProductsOn the palate it offers concentrated flavors of cassis, Blackberry, black cherry and ripe plum, with a hint of light ...
- Smooth & Supple
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 & 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