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Date Printed: 11/21/2014
Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2007
Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 2007
(search item no. 97028)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $12.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 51% Merlot and 7% Syrah.

Excellent garnet-purple in color; this wine has a nice, sweet vanilla toast with creamy raspberry, black cherry, blackberry, and dried blueberry fruit, along with just a hint of herbs, clove spice, and earthiness. Black cherry and blackberry fruit continue on palate with the sweet vanilla toast rounding out mid-palate. The finish is long with just enough acid and tannin to let one know this is a bit more serious and longer-lived wine.

The slightly sweet mid-palate and brilliant fruit make this wine a joy to drink now. But, the balanced acidity and structure should definitely allow this wine to improve over the next two to six years.

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About Hedges Family Estate:

It was 1986 when Washington native Tom Hedges found his first employment in the wine industry marketing American wines in Taiwan. From that humble beginning, Hedges Cellars, then a "virtual" winery, found its first customer: the government of Sweden. Tom and his wife Anne-Marie marketed their Cabernet/Merlot blend to foreign buyers exclusively for two years before going domestic and opening up North American distribution. Still without their own winery, they took a chance buying acreage on an obscure little hill called Red Mountain.

The Hedges have concentrated their efforts on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the concept of terroir since their first vintage in 1987. With Anne-Marie Hedges' roots and childhood in the Champagne region of France, it was only natural that a French-style chateau would be built on the slopes of Red Mountain amongst their vines.

Brother Pete Hedges joined the winery as General Manager, becoming head Winemaker in 2002. Son Christophe and his wife Maggie began working for the winery soon thereafter and Hedges Cellars became Hedges Family Estate.

Our future direction is clear: we will continue to work as a family to unite farming, winemaking, and the promotion of our wines and the Red Mountain AVA.