Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills (H3) 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

 A few weeks ago, I was perusing the aisles of a local wine store and came across Columbia Crest’s H3 Cabernet from Washington.  Over the last few years, I have had the chance to try many wines from Washington.  I feel that, overall, the wines from the region deliver a lot of value for the price.  I really love wine from California (and buy them on a weekly basis), but when it comes to the state that offers the most value, I think Washington easily takes the title.  Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet is no exception.   

About the Wine- From the Winery

Columbia Crest H3 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 88% Cabernet, 7% Merlot, 3% Syrah, and 2% Malbec from the Columbia Valley region of Washington.  It has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $10.  For more information visit

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

This Cabernet pours a deep garnet in the glass.  Rich aromas of cherry, plum, and coffee make me want to dive in to take a sip.  The palate has round flavors of blackberry, plum, and black cherry surrounded by soft tannins.  Mineral and dark chocolate tastes linger in the finish.  Such a sophisticated Cabernet for the price…skip buying a bottle and grab a case!

My Wine Rating- B+ (A- for value)

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair with short ribs, herb-roasted rack of lamb, or dark chocolate

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