I don’t usually do things prompted by reviews I read in The Wine Spectator, especially wines that are made in the several thousand case quantity, but I know on this bottle when word hits the general public I’m going to get innumerable calls and this wine will most likely be sold out, so I hope you’ll indulge me. Trust me, it really is to your benefit….
2012 COLUMBIA CREST Cabernet Sauvignon “Horse Heaven Hills-H3″
$12.50 bottle/ $120.00 case
We all know that Columbia Crest is a mega-producer up in Washington, annually shipping out about 3.4 billion cases of wine. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but it’s at least several hundred thousand. The one thing I do give them credit for is making some remarkably good wines given the production demands. Sure, a lot of it is stuff that, while eminently drinkable, is rather forgettable. But still you will virtually never have a bottle that scrapes along the bottom of the Two-Buck-Chuck barrel. And when they do nail it, the results can be both palate pleasing and financially rewarding. Such as the case with this very much above average 2012 “Horse Heaven Hills” Cabernet Sauvignon from their vineyards up in Washington. I’ve tasted this Cabernet in pretty much every vintage it has ever been released and it is always good, sometimes excellent, and inevitably a great bargain. With this 2012 bottling they may have outdone themselves, at least in the eyes of The Wine Spectator (hereafter called TWS for brevity sake). Every couple of weeks TWS sends out to online subscribers something called “The Insider”, where they send advance notice of wines that will be written up in future issues. I just received notice from TWS that this very wine will soon be unleashed to a score hungry public. Now as I said I am not usually prompted into action by such things, but I’ve had this wine and can vouch for the remarkable quality. It is rich and full-bodied, fabulously drinkable, and loaded with classic Washington cab flavors of blackberry, cocoa, spice, and smoke. I mean good is good, right? Plus, right now it is also on a shockingly deep discount of $4 off per bottle, which I’m sure would not be the case had the good and generous folks at Columbia Crest known that such a score was in the offing. So given all that, I’ll wrap this up with the TWS review and should you be so inclined your initial instinct to purchase this bargain beauty will be well rewarded. Now, in the words of the TWS know-it-alls:
“Dark and spicy, billowing with plum , currant, and white chocolate flavors, picking up pear and white tea notes as the finish lingers with refinement. The tannins are submerged. Drink now through through 2018. 92 points.”
And there you have it. At ten bucks a pop by the case this is somewhat astonishing, and needless to say perfectly priced for the upcoming holiday consumption season. There is a fair amount available as of today, but again based on experience when the score hits main street, it will vaporize.
The ’12 Columbia Crest Cabernet H3 is offered subject to availability and will be sold first come, first served.