Columbia Crest

H3 Horse Heaven Hills Merlot

8.7441 ratings
8.511 pro ratings
Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Merlot
Top Notes For
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

8.0

Fruit bomb first day, prune fest the next.

Fruit bomb first day, prune fest the next.

3 people found it helpfulOct 18th, 2014
Eric Hwang

Whoa! Pucker factor. Great tobacco aromas and black fruit flavors, but, wow, grippy tannins. Could use some bottle age...or a blender. Ended up doing the MollyDooker shake to aerate the wine.

Whoa! Pucker factor. Great tobacco aromas and black fruit flavors, but, wow, grippy tannins. Could use some bottle age...or a blender. Ended up doing the MollyDooker shake to aerate the wine.

3 people found it helpfulOct 2nd, 2014
Whit McCullough

I'm pleasantly surprised by this H3 merlot! Chewy tobacco notes. Will def buy again!

I'm pleasantly surprised by this H3 merlot! Chewy tobacco notes. Will def buy again!

2 people found it helpfulAug 16th, 2014
Sean Trapani

Founder/Educator Wine Fluent, Consultant ABC Fine Wines & Spirits

8.7

A jammy, walk-around Merlot with a dusting of soft tannins, bramble, and clay in a med (-) body.

A jammy, walk-around Merlot with a dusting of soft tannins, bramble, and clay in a med (-) body.

1 person found it helpfulOct 18th, 2015
Chris Harvey

Standup juice from WA.

Standup juice from WA.

1 person found it helpfulMay 17th, 2014
Joe Cox

Production Assistant, Wine Writer

8.0

Not my favorite of the Merlots but an ok drinker.

Not my favorite of the Merlots but an ok drinker.

Sep 6th, 2016
Renato Hoyle

Soft, good value

Soft, good value

Sep 11th, 2014
Ray Vanderhoff

Lots of fruit! Plums and raisins prevail. Heavy tobacco notes along with some smoke. Not bad.

Lots of fruit! Plums and raisins prevail. Heavy tobacco notes along with some smoke. Not bad.

Mar 15th, 2018
Scott Petrus

Heavy handed on the oak. This wine drank like a baby instead of the 9 year old merlot it is. Blue fruit was there but the finish was disharmonious.

Heavy handed on the oak. This wine drank like a baby instead of the 9 year old merlot it is. Blue fruit was there but the finish was disharmonious.

Feb 10th, 2018
Justin Tomac

Still trying to figure out if the store ruined this by poor storage ie high heat or if it’s really just a fruit overflow meaty wine

Still trying to figure out if the store ruined this by poor storage ie high heat or if it’s really just a fruit overflow meaty wine

Jan 28th, 2018