Hedges - Red Mountain 2011
Grapes are from Red Mountain AVA vineyards within a 2 mile radius of the winery: Hedges, Bel’ Villa, Magdalena and Jolet. The wine was destemmed and partially crushed into stainless steel fermenters and pumped over twice daily until desired tannin extraction was achieved. It was pressed to barrels and underwent malo-lactic fermentation, then racked to barrels. 100% barrel aged for 21 months in 40% new oak, American (65%) and French oak (35%)
Nose: Concentrated dark fruits, pencil lead, meat and anise round out the nose.
Palate: The mouthfeel is sharp, angular with a layer of softening volatile acid compounds. Chewy, minerally and classic.
Finish: While the palate starts off with bright tartness that is immediately balanced with a smooth long finish.