Posted on Dec, 21. 2010 by Will Richey
Last week I was also able to taste the 2007 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain bottling. I was able to find a little press on this wine as it is a bit of a New World classic:
89 points Wine Enthusiast: “A wonderfully fragrant blend, supple and loaded with berries and darker notes of licorice and coffee. This is sophisticated and European in style–meaning lighter alcohol and less sugar–but in return you get substance and grip. Though it’s built for near-term drinking, there’s nothing light or insubstantial here; and the mouthfeel is that of a much more expensive wine.” (3/1/2009)
Frankly I was a bit shocked to see that this wine only got 89 points as I thought for certain it was a classic 90 point wine (a big difference). I was encouraged when I went on Cellartracker and found that the wine had gained only 90 and 91 point ratings there putting it right at the level I had found this wine to be.
Again, I believe my attraction here is the shear Old Worldliness of this wine. The fruit is extremely smooth and round for being as weighty as it is. This is a huge wine, a big Bordeaux blend that delivers tons of ripe North West fruit softened and refined by excellent wine making. I was happy to see that Biodynamic vineyard practices are also employed for this vineyard. The level of detail Hedges puts into their wines is immediately identifiable and highly commendable.
I suppose what stuck me the most about this wine was the sense that it could very easily have been made into a 95 point fruit bomb. The phenolic ripeness was there, the power, it had all the guts for one of these monster wines but was restrained in the end, the acids preserved, the delicate handling of oak, the overall composure, it’s just really, really nice to see this gentle handling of so much power.
The 2007 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain is a great reminder that not every wine should be a 95 point wine, as what keeps this wine from attaining the points is the charm that it possesses. If every wine you drank demanded 95+ point attention it would be as annoying as having a Hollywood actor living in your house (Yes Tom Cruise we all see that you have entered the room. Yes, it’s so great to see you. No, I didn’t know that you can levitate furniture with your mind.) etc…
I highly recommend this one to Cali Cab drinkers and to those who prefer that Cos D’Estournel style of Bordeaux. This is a great wine for feasts as it is soft enough to go with many foods but big enough to wow every palate with delight.
2007 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain
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Retail Price: $26.99
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