I stopped by The Local Vine in Seattle after work and had a wonderful Bordeaux. So when I came home for dinner, I was ready for an excellent Washington state red blend to have with dinner. (WWD=wine with dinner, if you’re new to this blog.) So we dug out a bottle of Three Vineyards, Red Mountain, 2004 from Hedges Family Estates.
It was the last bottle from a half-case that we picked up during our trip to eastern Washington almost a year ago. Not surprisingly, it was even better with age. Indeed, the tasting notes had promised it: “Always a majority blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is suitable for drinking upon release but will also reward those with the patience to age it.”
Three Vineyards is the flagship estate wine from Hedges Family Estates, and a classic, deepÂ Red Mountain wine that blends grapes from — you guessed it — three vineyards: Hedges Estate Vineyard, Bel’Villa Vineyard, and Red Mountain Vineyard.
This fine wineÂ was awarded 90 points in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine last August: “Concentrated and showing a whiff of volatility, this is a blend of 62% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a splash each of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Grapes are sourced from three different estate vineyards on Red Mountain. It’s acidic and extracted, but opens up with exposure to air into a supple, rich, muscular, raspberry and cherry-flavored red blend. There are hints of rock, fennel and smoke, and a long, concentrated and well-rounded finish.”
Have you tried Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards 2004? Did you like it? Do you know what is “a whiff volatility?”