Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2017, Red Mountain, Washington

2017 vintage – 26% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec. Aged 20 months in 65% American and 35% French oak. The wine was destemmed and partially crushed into stainless steel fermenters where it was pumped over twice daily until desired tannin extraction was achieved. It was then pressed to barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation, then racked off lees. Earthy, cocoa, anise, cassis and a hint of dried herbs and cola. There is a refreshing hint of brine, menthol and floral perfume with a touch of vanilla. A soft entry of flavorful black fruits, cola, and licorice leads into a full mid-palate and very long supple finish.