Hedges CMS Washington Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Syrah. Fragrant, firmly built. Black liquorice, cherry and blackcurrant. Menthol and soy on the finish. Smart, balanced, chewy and expressive.
Half Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Merlot along with just a smidgeon (6%) of Syrah, this wine provides aromas of smoke, plum, herbs and black currant. The flavors are broad and generous, with an appealing texture and a finish that lingers.
Cellar Tracker 87 points
Wine Enthusiast 88 points
CMS Red, Washington State's original blended red wine, has been produced and bottled by the estate since 1987. Consistently recognized as one of the best values in Washington State, CMS Red combines elegance and historic blending practices with top quality vineyard sources in the Columbia Valley. A style consistent with classic northern latitude wine growing, the CMS Red is known for a more Columbia Valley AVA regionally driven style, giving way to purity and structure over modernity.
With their 25th vintage now in barrel, Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges can look back at their pioneering efforts to help establish the modern Washington wine industry, and specifically their efforts in establishing the renowned Red Mountain American Viticultural Area. Beginning as negociants selling their first Hedges branded Columbia Valley wine to the Swedish government, the Hedges quickly realized the importance of site for producing great wines, and purchased a fifty-acre parcel on the arid southwest slope of Red Mountain, a barely known growing region at the time. More than two decades later, Hedges Estate Vineyard, Bel'Villa Vineyard, Les Gosses Vineyard, Magdalena and Rockwell Brown vineyards, comprising about 120 acres on Red Mountain, are the heart of Hedges Family winemaking.
Today the second generation of the family make their mark, with son Christophe running the sales and marketing side of the business, while his sister Sarah has taken over as head wine maker - from her uncle Pete Hedges.
89 / 100 Cellarmaster Value Rating