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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red (half-bottle) 1999
Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red (half-bottle) 1999
(search item no. 57270)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $11.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

An opulent nose showcases aromas of currants, vanilla and chocolate. A wave of dried sage introduces flavors of ripe cherries and wild blackberry fruit. The mouthfeel is luscious with smooth, well-integrated tannins.
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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.