By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2009 | Send Email
I am not afraid to spend a lot of money on a wine that delivers. However, I am infinitely more excited when I find a wine that is cheap and delivers. Aren't we all? And this Washington number from Hedges, a Bordeaux-styled blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a little Cabernet Franc and Syrah added for good measure, from all estate vineyards, is a knockout. Medium-bodied with dark currant and cranberry flavors, black pepper, and layers of smoke and earth, this wine is so, so good with barbecued or slow-cooked, savory meats. My husband does prime rib slowly braised in a reduction sauce involving dark coffee and ancho chiles...the dark berry fruit and smoky flavors of the wine complement the flavors of dish perfectly. More importantly, however, is that this wine has adaquate tannin and acidity to balance the weight and richness of the dish, but not too much to conflict with the heat and spice. Great wine for a great price.
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