Columbia Crest, Washington state's premier producer of value wines, has introduced a fourth tier into its lineup. Dubbed H3, the wines focus on fruit from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The grapes have optimal acid, and the flavors are ripe but firm. The fruit is a bit lean, but tangy, and there is an underlying minerality that adds persistence.
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.