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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 28 
TypeRed
ProducerHedges Family Estate (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationRed Mountain
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UPC Code(s)080226987781

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2016 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.5 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 86 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by johnmfedorko on 5/25/2015 & rated 89 points: Wine was good....but there was a lot of sediment (way more than usual) in the strainer as I decanted it. Wine was still good, however. (14 views)
 Tasted by The13thGryphon on 8/27/2013 & rated 89 points: Very tasty. Nice bright red and dark fruit. Well balanced. Decent mouth feel and a fairly lengthy finish. (3059 views)
 Tasted by Juantomeney on 8/23/2013 & rated 89 points: Very comfortable yummy wine. Not a wine to sit down with and expect great things but going into it with a blank slate this wine does not disappoint. From start to finish it is ever changing and constantly making you double take that it is still the same wine you opened. A lot of flavor for the price point. (2869 views)
 Tasted by sidaga on 7/26/2013 & rated 88 points: Nez surtout sur la vanille, le bois & les fruits rouges. Assez dense, l'alcool est perceptible.
En bouche, le fruit est bien présent. Le bois y est aussi mais agréable. Contrairememt à ce que le nez annonçcait, le vien est bien équilibré. L'intensité est bonne, les tannins sont présents.
Bref, vin agréable. (3011 views)
 Tasted by MH Amateur on 5/27/2013 & rated 85 points: Underwhelmed. (3372 views)
 Tasted by chanote44 on 4/7/2013 & rated 90 points: This is super good Washington Bordeaux. It has all of the elements in place, balancing fruit, acid, oak and tannin. In 2 more years it will be even better. I wish I had waited longer to drink this beauty. (3752 views)
 Tasted by kokato on 2/26/2013: Took to poker at John's house. (1848 views)
 Tasted by doubledoc on 2/24/2013 & rated 90 points: A hike through the forest on a dank early spring morning. The air smells of soil and dark, black, earth. You reach into your pouch for some trail mix but instead encounter a packet of blackberry/black cherry "gushers". Damn kids! What is this sorcery?!
You bite in, the combination of earth and bright deep juicy fruit stuns you. Flash to Lewis and Clark. Did Pocahantas see this land? Actually no, she didn't, but the Hedges Boys did and this is great stuff. Tight in the mouth like a Las Vegas County working girl (as opposed to henderson).

Phish: 2/20/93 Raw Power. Energy. Authenticity (2363 views)
 Tasted by VinLancaster on 2/3/2013 & rated 88 points: Consistent with prior notes, splendidly balanced. Drinking well with a little air time. Solid wine, delivers everytime for sub $20. (1940 views)
 Tasted by DaveZack on 2/2/2013 & rated 88 points: This is a very nice red blend, with a mostly red fruit flavor profile (raspberries and cherries), along with a healthy dose of black fruit as well. This is a medium-bodied blend with a very moderate alcohol level, which is very refreshing since I’m used to California rich, creamy, spicy, alcoholic fruit bombs. Which means this is a very nice, well-balanced blend with not too much of anything (fruit, oak, spices, alcohol, acid, etc.). I enjoy a big, bold, brash, obnoxious red wine as much as anybody, but every once in a while, it’s pleasant to enjoy a sublime, subdued, quiet, delicious, well-made wine. I’m assuming partly due to the six different varietals used in this blend, this wine has a very nice flavor profile (though not extraordinarily deep and/or complex), along with beautiful earthiness, spiciness, ever-so-slightly oakiness, perfect acidity and alcohol content, with a smooth, lingering finish that knows exactly how long to stick around and when to get the hell off of my palate.

I’ve had more compelling Bordeaux-styled red blends, but for an affordable Washington red blend (according to Hedges website, this wine has a retail price of $25), if you’re partial to Bordeaux blends, this is one heck of a bargain.

We served this wine with Arthur’s beef stew, which paired very nicely with the beef, veggies, and spices. Because this blend shows beautiful restraint, it would also pair well with a grilled/spiced ribeye steak, prime rib, and just about any other red meat dish. But because it isn’t a Fruit/Spice/Cream/Earth/Alcohol/Oak Bomb, I would stick with more restrained red meats, especially simply-spiced steaks and prime rib. Spicy lamb dishes would pair better with Zins, Syrahs, Petite Sirahs, and Cab Savs, but this beauty would pair perfectly with a simple stew (like what we had tonight) or a simple grilled steak. (1665 views)
 Tasted by Bill McCarthy on 11/24/2012: - Garnet color. (2304 views)
 Tasted by BlancdeBlanc on 9/24/2012 & rated 88 points: Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Merlot (33%), Syrah (14%), Cabernet Franc (11%) and Malbec (6%). Aroma: musty Palate: dark fruits, very nice, nothing special. (2663 views)
 Tasted by Cullens on 8/25/2012 & rated 89 points: Last bottle of the night that included Plumpjack, Montelena, Meyer, Phelps and it held up nicely against these light heavyweights. Medium fruits and some spice box with a good balance and finish. (964 views)
 Tasted by devman on 8/21/2012 & rated 86 points: Not as good as I was hoping for, but it paried well with the grilled steaks we had. I was disappointed with the balance overall, and despite it being only 14%, the Syrah really took over in this blend. (2928 views)
 Tasted by Mr.Overhill on 8/10/2012 & rated 90 points: Big, dark, richly tannic blend that starts with a big gaslike flavor but which blows off and allows the sweet, chocolately huckleberries to show. THe syrah really comes to the fore with its spice and black licorice flavor profiles. A good, ageable blend for the money. Red mountain might be relatively young, but as an appellation it has a very enviable future. (2533 views)
 Tasted by Kevincrouch on 6/19/2012 & rated 91 points: Deep ruby purple color with decent legs on the swirl. After a 1 hour decant it had a bright nose of pomegranate and grape with noticeable dusty acidity like a lickastick pouch. Interesting lack of oak early on that came and went as the wine breathed. The medium-bodied palate was tight at first with pure cassis and some oak notes, however a few hours later it was long and luscious with gorgeous caramelly cassis, anise, and hints of cherry. Tannins are wonderfully smooth, just sanding down the mouth enough to beg for another sip. This is a beautiful, restrained wine that does what so few new world wines can pull off. And to do this for 18 bucks on sale is just outrageous. (3402 views)
 Tasted by funkendub on 5/26/2012 & rated 77 points: Partially corked? Cork was soaked thru and tho no obvious defect tasted sub par for this brand at this $15 price. (628 views)
 Tasted by Motz on 5/7/2012 & rated 88 points: Day 1: Nose of dark berries, but mostly root vegetables - particularly beets - with a noticable whiff of turpentine. On the front palate you can tell wine is in your mouth but that's about it. The middle and back do not exist, completely hollow. All you can tell is you are drinking a liquid of some kind, maybe like V8 juice with alcohol. The finish, somewhat acidicly bitter, sort of comes back to life for about 20-30 seconds. Do not agree that this is an old-world style wine.

Day 2: 'Bigger' in oak and fruit, and there was plenty oak on the first day. In other words, more new world than the first night. Less intricacy on the nose. Still very little on the palate. The finish was still there. In sum, it's an alcohol heavy gaingly, as in disjointed, but still bold effort. (3085 views)
 Tasted by Traxx on 5/6/2012: Gloopy, uninteresting wine. (3028 views)
 Tasted by golfwine on 5/6/2012 & rated 79 points: I've had this opened, decanted and breathing for nearly five hours, with the awareness that Red Mountain has a reputation for being almost brutally unyielding. The aromatics are mild but distinct; not unlike Bordeaux - prominent in the dusty, granite-tinged earth-dominant characteristics. With a lot of swirling, I was able to coax some dusty, black fruits but muted. Color is an attractive garnet. The flavor profile is austere and significantly restrained; again, much closer in resemblance to a Bordeaux than anything stateside. This is very definitely not an accessible, easily understood, crowd pleaser. Similarly, not my style preference. There's a richness, with a nice level of acidity and full tannins that together, make for a respectably long finish. I'm guessing that this wine has a long life ahead of it, I'm just uncertain as to what else it will have to offer.
(I'm going to revisit the other 1/2 of the bottle in a couple days and consider a score then.)
5/9/12 - Did not get any better. Turned more simple and thin - both in flavor and aromas. This might offer some level of intrigue for a Bordeaux aficionado but it's got little appeal to me and so, a definite pass! Taking it a step further, this is probably the least enjoyable bottle of wine that I've had in some time. (3112 views)
 Tasted by Degnerman on 5/6/2012 & rated 89 points: When I pulled the cork my first thought was it appeared corked (the red came within a half iinch from the top). The nose was weak upon opening as was the fruit. The fruitiness of the sarah and the earthy notes of the malbec came out about an hour after opening. I liked the balance of the blend and I will buy more of this to drink with this summer's BBQ. (3003 views)
 Tasted by dg1 on 5/2/2012: opened at a dinner, didn't get to drink enough to truly rate and review. Seemed only okay. Will try another bottle to be fair. (3005 views)
 Tasted by VinLancaster on 4/15/2012 & rated 89 points: Blend of cab sauv 36% , merlot 33%, syrah 14%, cab franc 11%, malbec 6%.
This was very closed down upon opening, we decided to aerate for 2 hours. Rounded aromatics and flavors of black wild fruits, baking spices, maple oak and limestone shine through. This had moderate acidity, good balance and a lovely soft & languishing finish.
Drink next 2013 or decant extensively. (2792 views)
 Tasted by Sijan on 3/26/2012 & rated 87 points: Solid quality but rather unremarkable full-bodied red. A bit dense and closed. Average QPR. (2990 views)
 Tasted by Giggs on 3/18/2012 & rated 87 points: This is a solid, but very young wine. Being a field blend (36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 14% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec), there are several overlapping themes that will probably take a while to integrate, if they ever do. Very oaky, buttery nose of expressive purple fruit and raspberry, charcoal, woodspice, and floral perfume. Very reticent palate needing lots of air to show (this wine improved dramatically in the bottle 2 days after opening). The Syrah elements are most pronounced on the palate, plum and dark berries up front, red/black licorice, leading to cranberry and cedar, with a big-framed midpalate, lots of freshness (almost bitter acidity), and an overall tight flavor profile. I'd be curious to try this in 5 years. (3646 views)
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Hedges Family Estate

Producer website

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

USA

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Washington

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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Wineries
With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Growers
Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

Regions
As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Varieties
Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Red Mountain

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