2006 Hedges "Three Vineyards" Red Mountain Washington Red Blend

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This is the Hedges Estate flagship wine, blending fruit from their three estate vineyards: Hedges Estate, Bel'Villa and Red Mountain Vineyards. The 2006 is composed of a majority merlot and cabernet sauvignon, with small amounts of cabernet franc and syrah for added complexity. The wine has an intriguing nose of blackberry, plum and cherry with hints of cantaloupe in the background backed up by a chorus of toasty oak spice. Medium-bodied with velvety tannins and balanced acidity, the wine already delivers the complexity of its bouquet on the palate and should continue to age for at least five years - a remarkable value.

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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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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/26/2009  | Send Email
For a really nice steak dinner, the Hedges from Washington State is probably as good a red as you can find for less than 20 bucks. The 2006 is composed of a majority Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Syrah for added complexity. A claret in style and wonderfully elegant and smooth, you could probably convince most people it cost three times what you paid for it.

 By: Matt Esq. |  Review Date: 2/14/2010 
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To me this is what Washington wine is all about, and the Red Mountain AVA in particular. Great bordeaux blend (with a touch of Syrah) that is ready to drink now (with a brief decant) and at a great price. This tops just about anything California has to offer at this price point. Hopefully they'll get some of Kiona's Red Mountain reds in soon as well.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.