2015 Red Mountain Blend

2015 Red Mountain Blend
2015 Red Mountain Blend
Tasting notes

It’s hard to believe that this classic tasting Red Mountain blend came from such a hot year. This wine exudes a lot of dark plum, black cherry, lush cocoa, black licorice, earth and a touch of cassis. There is quite a bit of that unique Red Mountain spice mix of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger. The palate is rich, lush and full yet not overdone. It shows restraint but also has a power to it that is unmistakably terroir driven. The flavors of chocolate, dark fruits, spice and a touch of vanilla a such a good combination you’ll find yourself sipping on this for hours; which is never a bad thing.

Production notes

Grapes are from Red Mountain AVA vineyards within a 2 mile radius of the winery: Hedges, Bel’ Villa, Magdalena and Jolet. The wine was destemmed and partially crushed into stainless steel fermenters where it was pumped over twice daily until desired tannin extraction was achieved. It was then pressed to barrels where it underwent malo-lactic fermentation, then racked off lees and 100% barrel aged for 21 months in 30% new oak, American (75%) and French oak (25%).

Other notes

Harvest Notes: Harvest notes: Heat, heat and more heat! That was 2015. A warm, dry Spring led to a hot, dry summer. Heat remained for the first part of harvest and grapes came in early. The hottest year on record. Ripe flavors and the Brix that go with it were no problem this vintage and it was a very fast, short growing season. One problem for wine makers was the early ripening of all varieties which made it challenging for harvesting grapes at their optimum, however the wines have been delicious. The 2015 harvest resulted in the earliest picking date ever of red grapes for Hedges on Red Mountain.

Vintage2015
VarietalThree Vineyards
Varietal Composition54% Cabernet Sauvignon 16% Merlot 14% Syrah 6% Cabernet Franc 4% Malbec 3% Petit Verdot 1% Touriga Nacional 1% Tinta Cao 1% Souzao
AppellationRed MountainAVA
Vineyard39% Hedges 23% Bel’ Villa 20% Jolet 18% Magdalena
Acid6.3 grams/Liter
PH3.67
Alcohol13.50%
Volume750 ml
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