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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Reserve 1998
Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Reserve 1998
(search item no. 43700)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $43.73

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

From the glass generous black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas are complemented by tobacco, coffee and allspice. The wine is rich in body and texture on the palate with balanced, smooth tannins and acidity and lingering vanilla, black pepper and berry notes. This 1998 Reserve was aged for 14 months in 60% new and 40% older French oak. At 12 months the individual barrels for the final wine were selected. It was then blended, egg white fined, and aged two additional months in new barrels before light filtration and bottling. The wonderful balance between fruit, toast, tannins and acidity will develop with an additional 6-8 years of age, and will begin to open up markedly at five years from vintage.
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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.