2009 Columbia Crest Merlot H3 Horse Heaven Hills

Year: 2009
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 89
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 86
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$9.95
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"Fresh and vibrant, this is lively with dark berry, mocha and tobacco flavors, finishing with a mild grip of tannins. Drink now through 2013. 58,000 cases made." (WS)

"Smelling and tasting of ripe cherries, sweet oak and a touch of dry soil, this very well-focused wine is all Merlot in conviction. It is plush and supple in feel with a neatly tailored complement of supportive tannins, and it is sustained and tasty at the finish. It does what the grape does best in terms of being delicious and downright friendly, and it drinks splendidly now. "GOOD VALUE" Reviewed: March 2012" (CG)

"Vanilla and cookie dough flavors dominate. The fruit is light and simple cherry candy; the tannins are equally light. Quaffable and refreshing." (WE)

Winery Notes:
“The H3 Merlot opens with aromas of raspberries, black pepper and earthy tones which lead to flavors of chocolate covered cherries and plum preserves on the silky smooth palate. The flavors and aromas cumulate in to an intense – yet elegant – finish.- Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker