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Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


Recommendation: An OUTSTANDING value for a delicious Cabernet that cost-consequence wine drinkers will love.

Winery/Producer: Columbia Crest Winery; Paterson, Washington.

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Washington.

Vintage: 2011

Price: $14.99

Purchased From: The Village Tavern wine dinner; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Cheese and crackers.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened only 15-minutes before drinking. Clear, VERY dark garnet color. Strong dark fruit, cherry, damp wood, wet leather and oak aromas (actually it’s a POWERFUL “New World” Cabernet bouquet!!!). Smooth as silk mouth-feel, dark fruit flavors you can chew on, great tannins that carry through a long, dry, finish that ends with hints of chocolate and tar. This is possibly one of the best values for a domestic Cabernet. Not at the level of the high-dollar Cabernet, but it gets two thumbs up from me and it’s one of the best inexpensive bottles of Cabernet I’ve tasted in a long time. An OUTSTANDING value for a delicious Cabernet that cost-consequence wine drinkers will love. It easily fits into our Quality Wine at a Bargain price category.

    She said: Very dark red color, opaque; sparse, but very zippy legs.I have been drinking French wines for so long I had forgotten what a big bold domestic wine tastes like, but it took just a moment to get back in the mode. One stiff and I knew what I had been missing! It felt like I was in a barnyard savoring many great smells and as the wine flowed over my palate I embraced the dark fruit flavors, full tannins, chewy texture. With a medium body and long tasty finish this is a bargain wine especially if you like a tad of sweetness in the fruit flavors.

    Columbia Crest vineyard overlooking the Columbia River

    Comments: Learn more about Columbia Crest winemaking.

Alcohol: 14%

Bar code: 0 88586 00344 8

Imported by: NA

Photo from Columbia Crest Winery.