Smoky blackberries. That’s the nose I get from our second mixed case wine. Jon decided to open this wine on a weeknight, and we hoped that it would be better than the first wine from our mixed case of wine.
This wine is produced by The House of Independent Producers (HIP); it is a second label for Hedges Family Estate in Benton City, WA. The marketing materials describe it as, “a lean, angular, racy, penetrating, crystalline structure is excellent for those drinkers looking for a more conservative fruit approach. Too many times this grape is abused with oak perfume and picked late, like an old man, wrinkled, soft, and complacent. Take your Cabernet Sauvignon young, tight, transparent, and leave the Jam bombs for your sugar drinking friends. It’s time to taste the varietal, not the brand.”
With that description, I was curious to see if I would like the “young” version with the “conservative fruit approach.” Not to mention, I don’t think I would enjoy drinking a wrinkled, soft, complacent old man! Yuck!
After pouring it into the glass, the color is dark garnet red. It is quite beautiful actually. Nothing like a wrinkled old man. The nose is blackberry and smoke, making me a little bit nervous that it would be a big heavy Cab that I wasn’t going to like. But the first sip eased my mind, with flavors of black currant and earth. It has medium tannins, which I liked, because it doesn’t overwhelm. But it has enough structure that someone looking for a big Cab will still be able to appreciate it. In my opinion, this is a wine that does it right. It makes me want to try more from the HIP!
And at $12.49, it is a perfect wine for a week night – you don’t need a special occasion!