Columbia Crest

H3 Horse Heaven Hills Merlot

8.7494 ratings
8.513 pro ratings
Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
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
Amanda B.

this wine needs to breathe. very rich, spicy start but manages the smooth finish. you can taste berries if its allowed to breathe. excellent with dark chocolate, salted dark was amazing! best wine-chocolate combo I've had in awhile.
the description on the bottle is really accurate!
would be good to gift to someone who knows wines. I only don't rate it higher because I'd like my wines big, but a little more easy drinking

this wine needs to breathe. very rich, spicy start but manages the smooth finish. you can taste berries if its allowed to breathe. excellent with dark chocolate, salted dark was amazing! best wine-chocolate combo I've had in awhile.
the description on the bottle is really accurate!
would be good to gift to someone who knows wines. I only don't rate it higher because I'd like my wines big, but a little more easy drinking

1 person found it helpfulApr 21st, 2020
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
Paul Weil

Rich and thick, fully of blackberry and boysenberry flavors, this Merlot would probably go really well with gamey meat such as lamb or venison, but is just average as a cocktail wine; at this price point I would recommend the Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot.

Rich and thick, fully of blackberry and boysenberry flavors, this Merlot would probably go really well with gamey meat such as lamb or venison, but is just average as a cocktail wine; at this price point I would recommend the Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot.

Jan 13th, 2015
Renato Hoyle

Soft, good value

Soft, good value

Sep 11th, 2014
Raul Puga

Really enjoyed this. QPR weekend continues

Really enjoyed this. QPR weekend continues

Jul 12th, 2020