Friday, July 24, 2009

Hedges 2003 Red Mountain (Washington)

Here we are, another Washington state wine. Over the past few nights I have been re-tasting some Ontario favourites that will be appearing soon on the Taste it Again blog. But this evening I decided to take a break from old Ontario to see what the outside world was producing in the olden days. Now truthfully, 6 years isn't really all that old - but considering that most wine purchased is consumed between 24 and 48 hours of said purchase, and I bet you don't know a whole lotta people with 6-year-old wines in their basement (that wasn't home made by Uncle Leo and everybody is afraid to drink). This Hedges wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and titches of both Cabernet Franc (3%) and Syrah (1%) ... the Syrah keeps it out of the realm of a Meritage blend (it's not a traditional Bordeaux grape variety). It's also a blend of three vineyards. When first popped the wine gave off a very green pepper aroma, but that blew off in about 5 minutes ... from there it moved into a very peppery and spicy realm (today's word seems to be "realm"). I decided to decant and wait about half an hour ... Now, there is a little green pepper that remains, but mostly there is a lot of black pepper and spice with bits of black fruit that begin to emerge after about an hour. The wine is quite smooth and thoroughly enjoyable - it also packs a big 14% alcohol wollop and it still has a great reddish-purple colour, with no sign of age at all in the hue. Finished the bottle within two hours - just as it was getting better, or was I just getting more light-headed?

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