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Date Printed: 3/31/2015
Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Reserve 1995
Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Reserve 1995
(search item no. 545)

PRICE ON 3/31/2015: $34.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Red Mountain Reserve is loaded with enticing layers of fruit, including berries, cherries and plum. These aromas are underscored with red vine licorice and vanilla accents. Tannins balance beautifully with the cranberry characteristics, offering a traditional expression of Red Mountain wine to be savored. Red Mountain Reserve's intense flavors are perfectly balanced with the tannin structure. Prior to release the wine receives additional bottle age to ensure that the bold mountaiin components in the wine have had sufficient time to marry. Drinkable now and through 2008.
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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.