2018 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain

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2018 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain
2018 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain
Tasting notes

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 touch of vanilla. This wine has a classic Hedges style with a modern touch, very enjoyable now and will age for years to come.

Production notes

Grapes are from Red Mountain AVA vineyards within a 2 mile radius of the winery: Hedges, Bel’ Villa, Les Gosses, 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 18 months in 33% new oak, American (63%) and French oak (37%).

Other notes

Harvest notes: The 2017-2018 winter was extremely mild, fairly dry and quite the opposite of the snow and ice ravaged winter we saw the year before. This mild winter really tricked the vines and other early bud pushing plants to sprout quickly. Hedges’ estate vineyards were pruned early (beginning in late January) in anticipation for this early bud break and the vines really responded well. We added a few more Biodynamic practices into the mix, such as home brewed horsetail tea spray, which helped us escape some mildew pressure in June. The heat of summer and long sunny days advanced ripening, but the maturation period of early September and October was mild which made for a harvest that you could pick fruit at a slow and steady pace. Overall the 2018 vintage is going to be a good one!

Vintage2018
VarietalRed Mountain
Varietal Composition34% Merlot 36% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Syrah 10% Cabernet Franc 6% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
AppellationRed Mountain
Acid5.4 grams/Liter
PH3.82
AgingThis wine, like other Red Mountain wines, is best now with food, but will age well, probably peaking in 5-10 more years.
Alcohol13.50%
Wine StyleRed Blend
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/01/2020
Cases Produced5376
Gold in the 2020 Sunset wine awards
 
93 pts - James Suckling
 
90 pts - Jeb Dunnuck
 
Silver - Paris Wine Cup

19% Hedges 57% Bel’ Villa 13% Jolet 7% Les Gosses 4% Magdalena

Sarah Goedhart

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