By Kori ~ October 21st, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™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.
â€œDark 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.â€ â€“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