Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2010

hedges family estate red mountainPost-Holidays and pre-Spring, we’ve been in a dry spell for new Chairman’s Selections. It’s hard to complain, as my wallet was surely feeling the effects of holiday gift-giving and travel, but at the same time it’s been more difficult to find wines to feature here at PAVC. As such, I recently decided to break out of my comfort zone (namely Italian wine) and try a few bottles that I might not have otherwise purchased.

First up is Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2010, a Washington State blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah, plus touches of Cab Franc and Malbec. Lame as it may be, I’ll admit that the first thing that jumped out to me about this wine was the label. (Like you’ve never done that.)  No critters, just a classic design with some modern flair, and owners Tom and Anne-Marie’s names prominently listed at the top. Beyond that, the 13.5% ABV suggests food-friendliness, the value proposition of Washington wines made me think that finding a solid bottle at $14.99 was realistic.

Bottom line, the Hedges does not disappoint. After a 60 minute decant, the aroma explodes out of the glass with lovely notes of spice, tobacco, earth and aged cheese. On the palate, vibrant dark berries blend with pepper and herbs. It’s medium-bodied, certainly more elegant than assertive, and is most certainly a food wine, with great acidity and rustic tannins. It’d pair quite well with light-to-medium weight meats like roast pork or chicken thighs.

All told, a versatile, delicious wine, and a great buy at $15.


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