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Hedges Winery Visit



We were lucky to spot Hedges on our driving adventure through the red mountain AVA in Washington State. This winery is focussing on just a few wines, and is doing quite nicely by them.

Many of the vines at Hedges are mere babies, still being started out. The winery itself is gorgeous, with a lot of wood and marble in evidence. Our server was Jeff Hosler who was happy to answe any questions we had and talk for length about the wines.

The owners decided only to do Bordeaux style blends, beginning with "CMS" - a Cab, Merlot and Syrah blend that also includes a bit of Cabernet Franc. Since the vines are so young, only 10% of this wine is made with estate fruit, although the remaining fruit is all sourced from within 10 miles. This was rich, juicy and spicy, with black cherry, raspberry and blackberry flavors. This was both easy drinking and had great flavors. At only $10, it's a great deal, too.

The "Three Vineyards" wine is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% merlot and a smidge of Cabernet Franc. This was another rich-flavored wine, with clove, black cherry, cola and plum flavors. It can still age for another 10 years but is quite tasty as is. At only $18, it's a real bargain.

The 2000 Red Mountain Reserve is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% merlot. It's all hand picked with the very best grapes. There was vanilla, chocolate, blackberry and great cinnamon flavors in here, and it's still got time to age. This one was more expensive, $45, but would be a great anniversary wine as a treat.

While at other wineries we saw a lot of visitors taste and then leave, we noticed that everyone who came out here was buying several bottles to bring home. We did too, and I highly recommend anyone out visiting the wine regions in this part of Washington to make the special drive up to visit!

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