Columbia Crest 2011 H3 Les Chevaux Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

By on December 24, 2013

columbia-crest-les- chevaux-bottleBest Buy! Despite the primary variety in this proprietary blend moving from Merlot (80%) in the 2010 bottling to Syrah (75%) in this vintage, Juan Muñoz Oca’s Les Chevaux — the French term for the horses — continues to ride off with our top rating. His team’s use of American and French oak imparts notes of chocolate and crushed walnut in front of dark plum, cherry and dried oregano. It’s a bold, focused and dark drink of cherries, black currant and chocolate with moderate tannins and nice acidity. Suggested food pairings include seasoned beef or lamb, hearty stews and strong cheeses.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 45,000 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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