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Hedges Three Vineyards Red 2006

A 2006 Bordeaux from Columbia Valley, Washington

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  • May 12, 2009
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Over the Hedges, Red Mountain, 2006 Three Vineyards Claret

I was in one of my favorite wine stores the other day for a tasting of "all French wines" when I came across this beauty of a wine. This wine was not in the tasting line-up, but if it would have been allowed the a similar priced Bordeaux would have been put to shame! This bottle hails from the great state of Washington, where some fabulous wine is being made, specifically from the Red Mountain, AVA.
The Red Mountain AVA, Washington's smallest appellation, is situated between the cities of Benton City and West Richland within the larger Yakima Valley just north of the Oregon border. The
south facing (here is one of key reasons for the success of this wine) slope of Red Mountain which is home to more than 37 wineries, including some of Washington's top estates.
I was there a few years ago and came back with cases of wine from my trip, which is why when I came across this label from Red Mountain and read the varietal line-up I was sure it would be a winner. In fact it's QPR winner!
How they got their start: "Tom and his wife Anne-Marie marketed their Cabernet/Merlot blend to foreign buyers exclusively for two years before going domestic and opening up North American distribution. Still without their own winery, they took a chance (looks like that bet paid off in spades) buying acreage on an obscure little hill called Red Mountain. The Hedges Family Estate have concentrated their efforts on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the concept of terroir since their first vintage in 1987." They consider the Three vineyards to be their flagship Estate wine. 

How they got their start: "Tom and his wife Anne-Marie marketed their Cabernet/Merlot blend to foreign buyers exclusively for two years before going domestic and opening up North American distribution. Still without their own winery, they took a chance (looks like that bet paid off in spades) buying acreage on an obscure little hill called Red Mountain. The Hedges Family Estate have concentrated their efforts on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the concept of terroir since their first vintage in 1987." They consider the Three vineyards to be their flagship Estate wine.      

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Winemaker: Hedges Cellars
Varietal: Bordeaux
Year: 2006
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
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