Horse Heaven Hills Wines Declared “Heavenly”

Copyrighted 2013 – The Bellingham Herald

Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills Appellation is one of those wine regions you might not have visited or know much about, but you’ve almost certainly tasted wines made from grapes grown there.

Located in north-central Washington, the appellation is tucked between Yakima Valley to the north and the Columbia River to the south. According to the Washington Wine Commission, the region is responsible for about 25 percent of the state’s wine production.

Horse Heaven Hills is home to a number of first-class vineyards, including Alder Ridge, Champoux and Destiny Ridge. This week I’ll give you a few white wine recommendations sourced from Horse Heaven Hills. Next week, I’ll focus on the reds.

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2011 Reserve Chardonnay (about $25) – Huge flavors of pineapple and tropical fruit melt into more of a savory, butter-bomb finish. Given that this was a cooler growing year, the heft and full-bodied nature of this wine might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I found it to be a guilty pleasure.

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