H3, the newest tier joining the Columbia Crest brand, may quickly become the go-to bottle for Merlot lovers if this new effort is representative of the line. Great fruit is the story of course, sourced from Horse Heaven Hills (hence H3) vineyards. Balanced berry and cherry fruit flavors are underscored with dusty notes of earth and cocoa, then finished with some dark chocolate.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.