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Hedges CMS Red Wine 2009

The Review:

CMS by Hedges brings us a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.  The wine has a dark carmine color.  The wine has a sweet nose with succulent notes of candied raspberries, blueberries, and plums with light hints of vanilla and tobacco.  At first taste, the tannins are a little chalky but as the wine opens up this becomes less noticeable.  The wine has a sweet entry with a medium body and a massive dose of pureed raspberries.  The finish is medium to long with notes of red fruit and a subtle warmth.

The Verdict:

The CMS Red Wine comes on strong with the fruit, which dominates the nose, palate, and finish.  There are, however, light notes of vanilla and tobacco that round out the wine and add depth.  The body has a medium bodied structure with a little bit of awkwardness on the tannins.  This can be fixed with a little bit of air or a year in the bottle.  All in all it is a nice wine that is very drinkable and something that is great buy at $14.

More Info on Hedges other wine reviews:

House of Independent Producers La Bourgeoisie Chardonnay 2010

House of Independent Producers La Bourgeoisie Merlot 2010

Hedges CMS Unoaked Sauvignon Blanc 2010

-Michael C Caputo

Buying Information:

Producer: Hedges CMS
Type: Red wine
Year: 2009
Varietal: 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 16% Syrah
Alcohol: 13.5%
Region: Washington – Columbia Valley
Price: $14

Website: Hedges Family Estate

House of Independent Producers La Bourgeoisie Merlot 2010

The Review:

After having the HIP Chardonnay I was pretty excited about trying the red from the House of Independent Producers.  The HIP Merlot is a dark garnet color.  The nose has notes of dusty raspberries, leather, cooking spice, and cloves.  There is also an interesting Sweet Tart note on the nose.  On the palate the wine is very light in body.  There is very little tannic structure and low acidity.  The wine is light and fruity with hints of strawberry.  The finish is a little warm and somewhat short.

The Verdict:

To start off, this is by no way a bad wine.  The nose is a little muted but as it opens up there are some nice elements.  This is still a very young wine and with a year or so of age the wine may round out a bit.  The body is light and fruity with little structure and little acidity.  There are no flaws in this wine and it is a very easy drinking wine.  I would enjoy a bit more structure, body, and tannin.  At $14 it is not a bad wine and certainly something that is a wine that can be drunk easily.  Personally, I would be much more likely to purchase the Chardonnay made by this producer.

More Info on House of Independent Producers and Red Mountain:

Hedges, Red Mountain, and the Score Revolution

House of Independent Producers La Bourgeoisie Chardonnay 2010

-Michael C Caputo

Buying Information:

Producer: House of Independent Producers
Type: Red wine
Year: 2010
Varietal: Merlot
Alcohol: 13.5%
Region: Washington – Columbia Valley
Price: $14

Website: Hedges Family Estate

House of Independent Producers La Bourgeoisie Chardonnay 2010

The Review:

House of Independent Producers is a side project of Christophe Hedges and is produced by Hedges Family Estates.  As the wine is poured into the glass the first thing that I notice it is the pale yellow color with a very sight golden hue.  The nose has very bright notes of lemon and lime, limoncello, white flowers, and light notes of custard.  After the wine opened up a little, there were notes of brand new rubber tires.  On first taste, there is a distinctive note of baked green apples.  The wine is medium bodied with a powerful zing of acidity.  The palate is dominated by key lime and grapefruit.  The finish of the wine is very long and lingering with a hint of warmth on the back end.  Throughout every part of the mouth there is a very bright acidity.

The Verdict:

This wine advertised as being Chablis in style and after tasting it, I agree.  A nice unoaked chardonnay that really builds once it opens up after a few minutes of swirling in the glass.  The fruit and bright acidity make it very approachable and lively.  The rubber component, as it opened up, reminds me of a riesling, which is a positive thing for me and something that adds a little bit of extra excitement to the very bright and fruity wine.  I think that at the $14 pricepoint it falls in line with many of the village level Chablis that you will find in the stores and I would recommend this wine for someone looking for a non-California style chardonnay.

More Info on House of Independent Producers and Red Mountain:

Hedges, Red Mountain, and the Score Revolution

House of Independent Producers La Bourgeoisie Merlot 2010 Coming 1/29

-Michael C Caputo

Buying Information:

Producer: House of Independent Producers
Type: White wine
Year: 2010
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.5%
Region: Washington – Columbia Valley
Price: $14

Website: Hedges Family Estate

Owen Roe Sharecropper Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The Review:

There are few wineries that master both the creation of delicate wines with immense complexity and big wines that can satisfy even those with the most leathery of palates. However Owen Roe is one of these rare breeds. This week the 2008 Sharecropper Cabernet Sauvignon was up for review and the results were quite pleasing. The nose on the wine is subtle with hints of strawberries, black cherries and a raw earthiness. The flavor opens slowly with notes of black cherry and well-balanced oak, and it finishes with firm tannins, appropriate for a meaty wine such as this.

The Verdict:

The complexity of this wine is a nice change from many other cabs with strong oak and overwhelming tannins. I expected the fruit on this wine to be bigger and more noticeable, but this will most likely come to the wine with a few more years of age, so cellaring is recommended.

- Nicholas Eglitis

Buying Information:

Producer: Owen Roe
Type: Red Wine
Year: 2008
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.1%
Region: Washington – Columbia Valley
Price: $16.99

Website: http://owenroe.com/