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Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2009Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2009
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Size: 750ml

WS 89 WA 89 WE 88


Aromatics of slight mineral, apple, pear, smoke and Horse Heaven Hills dust open this elegant yet racy, medium-bodied Chardonnay. A balanced palate of fruit and French oak leads to a seductive, creamy vanilla finish.

Reviews:

"Ripe and generous, not heavy, but heady with spice-accented pear, honey and floral aromas and flavors, echoing nicely. Drink now. 37,000 cases made. –HS" -Rated 89, Wine Spectator

"The 2008 Chardonnay Horse Heaven Hills is a bit more serious. Forty percent was barrel-fermented in new oak, 30% in seasoned barrels with the balance in stainless steel. Like the Grand Estates, it was aged for 6-9 months sur lie with weekly batonnage. It gives up aromas of buttered popcorn, pear, spiced apple, and mineral leading to a smooth-textured, ripe Chardonnay with very good volume and concentration. This well-balanced, lengthy effort should drink well for 2-3 years. Columbia Crest, part of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, is Washington’s largest winery. It produces mammoth amounts of wine (2,000,000+ cases) at a remarkably high level of quality. A visit to the cellars reveals brilliant organization, high morale, and a sense of personal involvement by the staff that undoubtedly adds value to the finished wine. " -Rated 89, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"H3 is Columbia Crest’s line of wines from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA—the winery’s home turf—and the wines seem to have a bit more cut and flair than the slightly less expensive Columbia Valley bottlings. Here you will find a more complex blend of fruits—starfruit, apple, melon and a hint of banana—and less focus on butter and toast. In other words, more of a food and sipping wine. — P.G. (5/1/2010) " -Rated 88, Wine Enthusiast