Columbia Crest H3 Horse Heaven Hills Merlot 2009 Wine Review (NW)
Fragrant blackberry, black cherry, and vanilla on the nose
Full bodied on the palate
Black cherry, cocoa powder, and toasty oak on the finish
This wine is quite good and well put together. While showing obvious oak, it also shows its sense of origins with dark fruit notes from the Horse Heaven Hills region of Washington state. It's nicely done and worth looking for on the shelves. The retail price is typically $15.
It should be said that while Merlot isn't the most fashionable grape lately, it should not be overlooked. The producers who consistently do well with Merlot are making very good wines. In fact, in Columbia Crest's value lineups that range across the varietals, including Two Vines, Grand Estates, and H3, the Merlots have recently been the best wines of the bunch. No kidding. Now raise a glass!