Columbia Crest 2012 H3 Les Chevaux Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

By on August 12, 2015

Columbia Crest-2012-H3 Les Chevaux BottleBest Buy! The marketing team at one of Washington’s largest wineries named this middle tier red blend using the French term for the horses that once roamed the expansive plateau north of the Columbia River and south of the Yakima Valley. And this is a wide-ranging blend leads with Syrah (60%) and follows with Washington’s workhorse grape — Merlot (27%) — and a handful of other varieties. The nose of cocoa powder, red cherry and raspberry includes cola and toast. Inside, it’s an easy-drinking summertime wine that’s ideal at barbecues, bringing smooth flavors of black currant, plum and cherry with frontal tannins and pomegranate acidity. Other pairing ideas include stews, paté and pungent cheeses such as Stilton and Gorgonzola.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 80,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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