Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon on a Colorless Day

There was a quiet resignation to this day.  The colorless sky blended into the muted colors of the earth.

Everything was still… as if in wait for the heavy blanket of winter to descend. A pause before the blast.

We spent the day in a kind of resignation, too.  Resigned that sunny patio days were gone, chairs and tables and cushions were all stacked and put away.  Flowerpots were emptied of their spent plants and dried perennials were cut back.

We saved out two chairs for one last bonfire.  A comforting red wine was necessary to accompany quiet conversation amidst the cracking and popping of our cozy fire.

The Columbia Crest H3 (Horse Heaven Hills) Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, having just earned a high rating from Wine Spectator, (92 points) seemed to be a good choice.

The Horse Heaven Hills AVA was established in 2005.  It is located in south eastern Washington State with the Columbia River framing the southern edge.  This area has earned a kind of cult following having been the source of multiple 100-point-rated wines, a certain rarity.  Columbia Crest has created here a wonderful offering, earning high ratings yet keeping the price extremely affordable.  Grapes are fermented in stainless steel to brighten the fruits and aged 18 months in oak to add depth and complexity.

The deep purple-black color immediately promises a wine of richness.  Aromas are intense, filled with black fruits, savory herbs and oak.  The palate is so lush, flowing with plum, raspberry and chocolate.  It all folds into oak and rich tannins, perfectly integrated.  It comforts, caresses and lets us know we will be fine.

On this colorless day, the Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet brought warmth and comfort as we watched the flames shimmer and glow.

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