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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Showed potential with red fruity nose but unbalanced on the palate. Too muh acidity and bitter tannins so the fruit was hidden. Maybe a little cellar time will allow some harmony. Even after two hours it had a bitter finish.
Drank with another true Washington bordeaux blend (this one has Syrah). I think the Syrah gives it some stronger fruitiness. This wine has great characteristics - appropriate amount of fruit, tannin, spice. Finishes smoothly. The only problem is that all the parts are not really well harmonized. It isn't as sophisticated as others.
Very nice and Bordeaux in style. Could probably have used decanting but it was still great right out of the bottle. Cassis, a bit of oak, and tannins that were just a touch too prominent. Still quite good and I'd like to see how it is in a year or so.
Big cassis nose with smoke and licorice. Juicy cassis and blackberry fruit on the palate, with licorice, smoke and herbs on the finish. Tannins are dusty and provide a nice backbone. Let this one age a while for better integration. Tremendous value.
Domestic New Releases Tasting (Binny's, St. Charles): Inky crimson color with aromas of herbs and black fruit; a little "green" but in a good, herbal way. Tannins are a bit chalky; flavors of dark fruit through the finish. Not a bad wine for the price. $24.99.
well-made wine that i'd prefer to drink in a few years; maybe give it a chance to work out a little of its toasty oak-centricity. will probably buy more and do just that. hedges brings it with the wicked nice values, don't they?
Very nice, deep red color. A bit heavy alcohol smell on the nose after open, but it smoothed out rather quickly. Nice blend of ~35% Cab and ~30% Merlot with the remainder Syrah, Cab Franc and Malbec. really nice, classy red blend from Red Mountain.
Opened and poured. This is good now. Don't wait. Super ripe but not over done. Lots of vanilla/oak, again not over done. Had with prime ribeye, great pairing. I'll by more but do not plan on cellaring.
Rocky earth and raspberries show on the nose, along with dark plum skins. Gentle raspberry flavors deliver on the palate. The fruit is mixed in with some pleasant vanilla oak and a friendly bit of dust. The tannins are balanced and the acidity lingers well, all without the structure ever getting too big. The fruit is straightforward, and this wine delivers well. 88+
"A pre-AOC style blend. This is second year biodynamics, the irrigation came in June, with only 6" of rainfall. So a very intense growing condition.
"Red mountain is very low yields, you don't hedge and you don't drop fruit. This wine is a magnified version of a very 'stinky' buodynmaic vineyard.
"So here this is more a difference in blend, elevation and geographic (and yield) than another difference.
Stinky nose, wonderful, "allot of that is dead yeast, and some of the old barrel. This is aged 10 months in oak." Nate notes "cold coffee". This wine is really meant to age, and the 1994 was just opened and doing fine and had a huge balloning effect of smell notes Christophe Hedges.
"There is some herbaciousness on it and that is a symbol of our latitiude. It shows now but god there is nothing like an old bottle.