Hedges Red "CMS" 2011 (Columbia Valley, Washington)

Hedges Red "CMS" 2011
(Columbia Valley, Washington)

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Notes from the Winemaker:

Dark, deep ruby color. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry , sweet plum fruit and sweet toasted oak with undertones of ripe melon, dried herbs and vanilla with hints of cocoa powder, tobacco and graham cracker. On the palate toasted oak and graham cracker with lively acidity, darker berry fruits, cocoa powder and sweetness, good body with well integrated tannins that linger on the long finish. A nicely balanced wine, with enough acid and tannin to make this a more serious, longer lived wine that will go well with food

Grapes come from the Horse Heaven vineyard Destiny Ridge , the Columbia Valley vineyards Bacchus, Dionysus, Weinbau, Wooded Island, and Sagemoor (all part of Sagemoor Farms), Wallula Arete and Goose Ridge and the Red Mountain Vineyards of Bel’ Villa , Hedges, Les Gosses and Magdalena (2.44% Red Mountain). About 60% French oak /40% American oak with some lots stored for up to 10 months in barrels.

Harvest Notes:
As in 2010, 2011 was another excellent but slightly unusual vintage in Washington State. The La Nina current again made for cool spring temperatures, which delayed bud break and slowed early season growth. When combined with a warm but not particularly hot summer, veraison was one to two weeks late, which meant the grapes for this wine came off during a cooler time of year than usual, resulting in expressive, concentrated fruit and color, lower alcohol and wonderful acidity.

Technical Data:
Blend: 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 4% Syrah
ABV: 13.5%
pH: 3.78
Titratable Acid: 5.3g/L

Ratings & Reviews

Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2008 vintage):
"Young, bright, sharply defined, this brings berry and cranberry fruit in a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a splash of Syrah. Hints of pepper and herb suggest this as a companion to, say, lamb sausage. Then, as the wine opens in the glass, cherry candy comes on strong. Very pretty." — P.G. (3/1/2010)