2012 Hedges "CMS" Columbia Valley Red Blend

SKU #1220458 Jancis Robinson

 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Syrah. Fragrant, firmly built. Black liquorice, cherry and blackcurrant. Menthol and soy on the finish. Smart, balanced, chewy and expressive. (RH)  (5/2015)

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 Half Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Merlot along with just a smidgeon (6%) of Syrah, this wine provides aromas of smoke, plum, herbs and black currant. The flavors are broad and generous, with an appealing texture and a finish that lingers. (SS)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

"Washington State's original blended red wine," according to the winery, this has been produced by Hedges since 1987. "Consistently recognized as one of the best values in Washington State, CMS Red combines elegance and historic blending practices with top quality vineyard sources in the Columbia Valley." Want to get a taste of what's been going on in Bordeaux-style red blends up there? Here's an easy bottle to get started on.

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Staff Image By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2015 | Send Email
I was truly shocked at the price of this wine. A Cab blend that's elegant, well-made, and across-the-board approachable for $11? I'm a huge fan of Washington reds and the Hedges is a great example of the amount of quality, affordable wine that's becoming more and more elusive in California. This wine's subdued fruit, subtle oak, and herbal notes won me over immediately. I know you'll love it too.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2015 | Send Email
Absolutely dynamite wine, unbeatable value. Super soft, supple easy-drinking wine. Offers such great fruit, purity, soft texture. No hard edges, nothing not to like. Exceptional Value for money.
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Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2015 | Send Email
Washington wines are such a good deal!!!! I mention this to so many people when talking to them about domestic reds, and this Red Blend from Hedges is just another amazing example. Super well balanced, this wine gets a dark lushness from the Merlot and fantastic structure from the Cabernet in it. However, what really makes it great is the 6% Syrah that adds just the right amount of spice and weight to the blend. Add to the super approachable flavor a classy label and an amazing price tag and you have a winner especially if you have several dinners to go to and agreed to bring wine to them all.

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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.

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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5