Hedges Family Wines C.M.S. Red Blend, 2021, Columbia Valley, Washington

2021 vintage – 67% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah. Tasting Notes: Red cherry, cocoa, coffee, creamy raspberry, roasted almond, vanilla, fresh ground cinnamon and cardamom. Light red fruits, red licorice, cinnamon, cocoa, orange peel, crushed gravel, and savory dried herbs. Medium body, flavors of cherry, cinnamon, dried herbs, and a touch of toast and vanilla. Production: Grapes come from the Columbia Valley vineyards, Wooded Island, Bacchus and Sagemoor, and the Red Mountain Vineyards of Hedges, Bel’ Villa, Jolet, Les Gosses and Magdalena. Most of the wines were pumped over during alcoholic fermentation for 6 to 10 days while on American Oak. About 40% of the wine was racked to barrel where it completed malo-lactic fermentation and then aged for an additional 15-18 months. The other 60% completed M-L in tank, at the end of which it was racked onto French Oak and had SO2 added. About 60% French oak /40% American oak.