Wine of the Week: Columbia Crest Les Chevaux 2010

2012-09-30T00:05:00Z Wine of the Week: Columbia Crest Les Chevaux 2010By Chris and Sherry Hardie | Lee Newspapers Winona Daily News
September 30, 2012 12:05 am  • 

Sometimes the little things make a difference in the wine world.

The Horse Heaven Hills vineyards high in the Cascade Mountains in the state of Washington are known for strong winds that reduce the grape canopy, leading to more sun exposure and more even ripening of the grapes.

That’s where the blend of merlot (80 percent), cabernet sauvignon (13 percent) and syrah (7 percent) grapes are grown for this blend, which takes its name from the French term for “the horses.”

The wine is big but nicely layered, with flavors of red fruit, spices and tannins that stand out but are exceptionally balanced.

Sherry: “Black cherry and cassis, with a touch of leather and rose on the finish.” 3-1/2 stars

Chris: “Prune and raisin nose with flavors of raspberry and cherry and a long, deep finish.” 4 stars

Available locally for about $12.

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