2011 Hedges Family Estates Red Mountain Red Blend
Wine & Spirits
A cool-weather blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec and Franc, this wine leads with a scent of rye followed by compact, chewy Cabernet flavor. It’s dark fruited, formidably tannic and tense in its structure, with a finish that’s pleasingly savory. Decant and pour with butterflied lamb chops.
Black fruit, lovely elegant spice – proper effortless quality here, savoury and sophisticated. Light bodied yet completely well balanced. (RH)
Soft and supple, with notes of tea leaf and orange peel adding interest to the cherry and tobacco flavors, which linger gently. (HS)
The 2011 Hedges Red Mountain Red Blend, this winery's flagship wine, looks like a Bordeaux style blend on the surface, but another look reveals a small amount of Syrah added to the blend of Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc and Malbec. All of the fruit comes from Washington's Red Mountain AVA, representing all of the vineyards Hedges farms, and is aged for 10 months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak, half new half neutral. Plenty of structure and acidity to support the elegant black and red fruit and well-integrated spice.