2016 Hedges Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2016
Appellation: Red Mountain
Country: USA - Washington
James Suckling: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon; 14% Merlot; 5% Syrah; 4% Cab Franc; 1% Malbec

"Some meaty nuances with tobacco and ripe redcurrants, as well as some savory earthiness here. The palate has a sinewy thread of tannin, medium body and plenty of fresh, attractive fruit. Silky finish. Drink in the next six years." (JS)

"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec) was brought up in mostly American oak (13% new). It's one of the darker colored reds in the lineup and offers a Bordeaux-like bouquet of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, earth, and leather. Medium to full-bodied, pure, seamless, and beautifully layered, it shines on its purity of fruit and balance. It will keep for 10-15 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Tasting notes:
Lovely deep red color. A complex and entertaining combination of aromas that includes bright blackberry and cherry with a lot of black licorice, fresh leather, earth, cinnamon and clove spice. There is a hint of coffee and dark cocoa with just a touch of vanilla. Mouth-filling yet graceful, this wine offers everything a Red Mountain Cabernet should. Flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, chocolate, black licorice, leather, and spice. A powerful Cabernet that offers grip and elegance within elongated tannins.

Production notes:
Fruit was sourced Jolet (49%), Hedges (24%), Bel’ Villa (15%) and Magdalena (12%) Fruit was harvested between 9/9 and 10/13. This wine was cold soaked overnight then inoculated with yeast, fermented for 7-10 days on skins while being pumped over twice daily before pressing to barrels, where it underwent malo-lactic fermenation. It was 100% barrel aged for 21 months in 49% new oak, 21% French and 79% American.

Other notes:
Harvest Notes:
Heat, heat and more heat! That was 2015. A warm, dry Spring led to a hot, dry summer. Heat remained for the first part of harvest and grapes came in early. The hottest year on record. Ripe flavors and the Brix that go with it were no problem this vintage and it was a very fast, short growing season. One problem for wine makers was the early ripening of all varieties which made it challenging for harvesting grapes at their optimum, however the wines have been delicious. The 2015 harvest resulted in the earliest picking date ever of red grapes for Hedges on Red Mountain.

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