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HEDGES FAMILY ESTATE RED MOUNTAIN 2016 Red Mountain, Yakima Valley
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer HEDGES FAMILY ESTATE
Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. I am a long time fan of Hedges and this 2016 was a complete surprise for me in terms of what I had initially expected. Unfortunately, the LCBO 93-point note quoted in the Vintages Catalogue is for a different wine - not the one being sold. The actual blend of Red Mountain is 38% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Touriga Nacional, 1% Tinta Ca and 1% Souza. It shows anose avalanche of oak complexity as it was 100% barrel aged for 19 to 21 months in 40% new oak - American (64%) and French oak (36%). The latter information from the winery website contradicts what is on the back label - 74% of the oak was neutral and [only] 26% new. It has a deep intense ruby-violet-red colour. The nose is extremely cedary (shades of of a Gran Reserva Rioga) with lots of baked, uber ripe Damson plum fruit. Its medium-full bodied, well structured, harmonious, intense, cedar-sandalwood-driven, warm, ripe plum flavours with a lingering, somewhat earthy, licorice-tinged, leathery finish. With 13.5% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar. With some periodic harvest rain and relatively large crops, the hefty PH 3.82 and 5.9 g/L total acidity suggest that the wine may well be quite ready-to-drink. However, the presence of wood tannins and obvious high dry extract may well extend the drinking period considerable. CSPC 1594
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Nob Est
Country USA
Region Washington State
Rating ***(93 points)
Dense, Very Cedary, Well Structured
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec) was brought up in mostly American oak (13% new). It's one of the darker colored reds in the lineup and offers a Bordeaux-like bouquet of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, earth, and leather. Medium to full-bodied, pure, seamless, and beautifully layered, it shines on its purity of fruit and balance. It will keep for 10-15 years. Score - 93 (Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, April 11, 2019) Price $ 42.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - October 3, 2020
Cases bought 43 (12 bottles per case)

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