Columbia Crest H3 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon @columbiacrest

We enjoyed this Horse Heaven Hills (H3) Cabernet from Columbia Valley, WA last night with our dinner at home.  This is another one of those amazing buys for less than $15 that also garnered a 90 point review from wine spectator.  In this case, and in other H3’s before, this is a great example of a new world cab style.  I really enjoyed this wine with its up front, though slightly restrained berry notes and silky smoothness.  Unlike the ‘fruit bomb’ wines, it also has a nice backbone which is described classically as leather, tar, etc, but since I don’t taste those nuances, I’ll just say that it has a presence in your mouth beyond the silky fruit.  Wine reviewers will call it ‘pencil lead’, but since I haven’t licked a pencil recently, I wouldn’t know.  The bottom line is that if you want to enjoy a great Cabernet for around $15, this is a great one to grab.

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