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 www.columbiacrest.com
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