Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2018
Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington, Columbia Valley, Washington. Black fruits, dark chocolate, vanilla, cumin, cedar dust, butterscotch, and dried herbs. Lush chocolate custard with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and licorice. Full, rich, lush with gorgeous fruit and spice notes. Long silky finish with flavors of blackberry, black pepper, and a touch of vanilla. This wine has a classic Hedges style with a modern touch, is very enjoyable now, and will age for years to come. Blend: 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
James Suckling 93: Complex, savory aromas of dark fruit, cassis, tobacco, smoke, burnt orange and grilled herbs. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, sleek tannins. Chewy and peppery with delicious, spicy layers. Fresh, energetic finish. 36% cabernet sauvignon, 34% merlot, 13% syrah, 10% cabernet franc, 6% malbec and 1% petit verdot. Vegan. Drink from 2022.
Jeb Dunnuck 90: The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain checks in as 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot, all from a mix of sites on Red Mountain. Plenty of smoked black fruits, lead pencil, leafy tobacco, and baking chocolate notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, well-made, nicely textured, and balanced Cabernet. The American oak is borderline too much, but again, it holds it together and certainly has character.