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.
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Dark, deep ruby color. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry , sweet plum fruit and sweet toasted oak with undertones of ripe melon,
dried herbs and vanilla with hints of cocoa powder, tobacco and graham cracker. On the palate toasted oak and graham cracker with lively acidity, darker berry fruits,... more
Dark, deep ruby color. Aromas of cherry, black cherry and plum fruit of raspberry and blackberry, toasted marshmallow and vanilla with hints of cocoa powder, chocolate and graham cracker. On the palate toasted oak and marshmallow with cherry and raspberry and hints of
licorice, cocoa powder and... more
Deep purple color, yet not opaque. A sense of finesse in the color which suggests liveliness on the palate. The mouth feel is angular, with grace and precision. The 2010 vintage produced a savory character in the wines, like that of fennel, salt, tar and steel. Highly integrated tannins, dusty in a... more
45% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Syrah.
Dark ruby color. A hint of sweetness, medium plus body with well integrated tannins that linger on the long finish. A nicely balanced wine, with enough acid and tannin to make this an excellent compliment to many foods.
The color is dark purple, almost blackish. Very opaque. Concentrated dark fruits, pencil lead, meat, and anise round out the nose. The mouth feel is sharp, angular, with a layer of softening volatile acid compounds. Chewy, minerally, and classic - should be an excellent food wine. more
Flagship wine of the estate, the HFE Red Mountain consistently displays dense color, firm tannins, and well-defined acidity. Always a majority blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is suitable for drinking upon release, but will reward those with the patience to age it. This wine... more
Dark purple in color with a nose of black cherry, cassis, with hints of tar, tobacco and sweet vanilla toast.
Black cherry and blackberry fruit continue on the palate with dried herbs and licorice. A nicely balanced wine
with enough acid and tannins to make this a more serious longer lived wine... more
A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 51% Merlot and
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... more
Dark purple in color with aromas of juicy ripe fruit of cherry, blackberry and cassis combined with clove & cocoa. The palate is concentrated with black cherry, cranberry, toast, licorice with hints of smoke, earth and caramel. A full, lush mouth-feel with plenty of structure & a long, slightly... more
A blend of 64% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Chardonnay and 1% Marsanne.
Ripe pear and pineapple aromas dominate the bouquet with notes of banana, candied apple, grapefruit, grass, anise, caramel, and gooseberry. That same ripe pear and pineapple are the more prominent flavors, as well as some herb, fig,... more