2014 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain

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2014 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain
2014 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain
Tasting notes

Dark purple-black color. Aromas earthy black cherry, blackberry fruit, anise, nutmeg, dried ginger and cinnamon.  Hints of pomegranate and dark cocoa with just a touch of aged leather. In the mouth this wine is full, lush with nicely balanced acidity. There is an earthy fruit and toasted hazelnut flavor that linger into a lush and satisfying finish. A cozy up to the fire kind of wine.   

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 20 months in 40% new oak, American (65%) and French oak (35%). 

Other notes

Harvest Notes: 2014 was warm early and stayed warm until harvest, the hottest since 1998. Ripe and the Brix that go with it were no problem this vintage and it was very fast, short growing season. Heat began early and remained constant which helped plants and fruit clusters acclimate to the extreme heat.  With nights still cooling berry shrivel and raisining was nonexistent. With little to no rainfall throughout the year mildew problems were of no concern.  One problem for wine makers was the early ripening of all varieties which made it challenging for harvesting grapes at their optimum. However, our long term relationships with our growers and vigilant testing (and the earlier than usual picking that went with it), helped us to pick grapes at their optimum. Riper, richer flavors predominate. Plenty of lushness in 2014.

VarietalThree Vineyards
Varietal Composition58% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot 15% Syrah 1% Petit Verdot 0.5% Cabernet Franc 0.5% Malbec
AppellationRed Mountain
Vineyard40% Jolet 38% Bel’ Villa 13% Hedges 9% Magdalena
Acid6.3 grams/Liter
AgingThis wine, like other Red Mountain wines, is best now with food, but will age well, probably peaking in 5-10 more years.
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced2200 12 pack cases
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