Happy black Friday, I mean red Friday! After all, I'm drinking red! Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of 2012 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (26%), Syrah (8%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and Malbec (2%) all from the Red Mountain AVA in Washington State. So let's see what this one has to offer!
The wine is a deep inky indigo at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, oak, blackberry and mint, somewhat of an old school Bordeaux vibe. The taste is much less intimidating than the nose might suggest, with a rush of cherry cola, licorice and dried herbs that transition nicely to some earthy notes of wild game and smoke midpalate. The finish is somewhat subdued but very dry.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's actually a very nice Washington red blend and a fairly decent value in the $30 range. Tonight I am enjoying this with another big dinner for Thanksgiving week, a shrimp cocktail appetizer, then a big bone-in ribeye grilled rare with some grilled leeks, rainbow carrots and asparagus and a baked potato. Cheers!