Monday, May 21, 2018
I do not drink many French wines for one reason or another, so when I tasted this 2015 Betz Family Winery Heart of the Hill Cabernet Sauvignon I was incredibly pleased and surprised by what I found. I did absolutely no research on this wine before decanting and tasting it, and this wine immediately moved me to a quaint cafe, sipping this gem with good friends along the Champs Elysees under a mid day sun. This medium to dark purple wine has very balanced aromas of blackberry pie, campfire smoke, seeping tea and cocoa powder, and none of these are overpowering. This wine is an eyebrow raiser for sure and the flavors of blackcurrant, blueberry, smoke, dark chocolate-covered coffee beans and hints of grilling spices all combine for a velvety, savory broth-like feel that fills the mouth and lingers for many moments. This wine was such a lovely surprise to taste and could end up as a "perfect" wine with a few more years under its belt in the cellar. You'd never know that this is tipping close to an alcohol content of 15%. It is made so beautifully and really puts a smile on your face. Simply incredible!
Red Mountain, Washington
Suggested retail price: $110.00
Drink The Bottles score: 96/100
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Oh what fun this gem is! The 2013 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Blend is made up of a myriad of popular wines. Very dark in the glass all the way to the edge and the well balanced acidity provides for a tart beginning to a semi-sweet, solid finish on this medium bodied, well rounded wine. A lot of dark fruits are popping through here and they are balanced with the herbs and leathery goodness that come through on the nose and in the mouth. This wine would pair extremely well with a French Onion Soup or a beautiful bone-in ribeye. This has been in bottle for nearly 4 years and you could drink this in 5 years and be just as satisfied, if not more. The makeup on this wine is Cabernet Sauvignon (59%), Merlot (28%), Cabernet Franc (5%), Malbec (4%), Petite Verdot (2%) and Syrah (2%). Did I mention that I love the color?
Red Mountain, Washington
Suggested retail price: $28.00
Drink The Bottles score: 91/100
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