Columbia Crest 2008 Horse Heaven Hills Merlot

I have a friend who religiously drinks Horse Heaven Hills Merlot from Columbia Crest as her mid-week wine so I thought I would take her advice and have a glass or two.  Columbia Crest is one of Washington’s most popular wineries and they have a reputation for making great wines at affordable prices. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

Columbia Crest 2008 Horse Heaven Hills Merlot is a blend of 96% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Malbec.   The wine comes from Washington and has 14.5% alcohol.  It retails for around $14 and for more information see

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Columbia Crest pours a deep reddish-purple in the glass.  It has a nose filled with ripe blueberries, black cherry, cocoa, and a hint of tobacco.   The fruit forward Merlot is bursting with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and spices.   A silky and incredibly easy to drink Merlot for under $15.  This is an impressive casual wine that is perfect for a summer BBQ.  Grab a bottle and enjoy…cheers!

My Wine Rating- B+

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  1. I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to red wines. This sounds like a good one though! I will have to try and get hold of a bottle for a barbecue next weekend!

  2. This sounds yummy. We enjoy Merlot here, so I’m definitely going to try this. Can’t go wrong with one of Washington state’s terrific wines.

    Thanks for sharing,

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