By Kori ~ October 21st, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2008 CMS Red by Hedges from the Columbia Valley in Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Hedges Family Estate, located on Red Mountain, is the largest family-owned winery in Washington State. Founded by Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges in 1987, Hedges produces a flagship Red Mountain red wine along with two value-priced wines, the CMS Red and CMS White. The aptly named CMS Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.
“Dark purple in color with a nose of black cherry, cassis, with hints of tar, tobacco and sweet vanilla toast. Black cherry and blackberry fruit continue on the palate with dried herbs and licorice. A nicely balanced wine with enough acid and tannins to make this a more serious longer lived wine that pairs nicely with food.” –Hedges Family Estate
2008 CMS Red by Hedges (Columbia Valley, Washington): 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, and 6% Syrah. Deep, dark purplish red in color. Nice nose with red fruit and plum aromas. Fruit-forward with red cherry, plum, and cinnamon on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity, medium to high tannins, and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $12; Available elsewhere, $9 to $16
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25