Crowd-pleasing Merlot from the Horse Heaven Hills in Washington State, the Columbia Crest H3 Merlot.
100% Merlot from vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington State. The wine was aged 15 months in French and American oak, 34% new and 66% older barrels. The wine has 6 g/L of residual sugar.
Sample submitted for review. The Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills H3 Merlot has an SRP of $15 and is available for as low as $10.
Columbia Crest H3 wines were created to celebrate the winery’s rich heritage in the Horse Heaven Hills as well as its innovative winemaking and viticulture practices. Opening with aromas of spice and blackberry, this Merlot showcases a perfect balance of earth, cocoa and ripe cherry flavors with a rich. Velvety finish.
The 2016 Columbia Crest H3 Merlot begins with an attractive aroma of black cherry, blackberry, spice and vanilla. The medium-bodied wine tastes a touch sweeter than I was expecting but has a really nice soft, velvety mouthfeel along with plenty of good blackberry fruit and touches of spice and vanilla. It also features lots of oaky spice and more soft fruit on the quite long, satisfying finish. A well made wine, this is definitely crowd-pleasing stuff!
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