Dark purple, almost black color. Aromas of roasted coffee, cassis, mint, and dark chocolate. Blackberry with hints of black licorice and moist forest floor. The entry is full bodied and somewhat astringent with flavors of dark fruits, menthol, mocha and a hint of vanilla toast. It finishes very long with a pleasant grip. This a wild, complex, "savage" Cab that will definitely mellow on the palate (but not aromatically) over the next 10 to 20 years and seems to constantly change with every sniff and taste.
La Haute Cuvée is the ultimate wine of our estate. Farmed to Demeter Biodynamic discipline, from the original blocks dating back to 1990, it is a blend of Hedges Estate and Magdalena parcels, both under family control. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon displays true expression of Red Mountain terroir and tells the "story of the season" with each unique vintage.
Demeter Biodynamic allows no herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fungicides to be used in farming the land, nor any commercial yeasts to be present during fermentation. There is a commonality in authentic wines such as La Haute Cuvée-they are intellectually provoking and wild, created under the laws of nature. La Haute Cuvée is the first Demeter-certified Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon ever made in Washington State.
Wine EnthusiastAromas of Band-Aid, herb, cranberry and cherry lead to elegantly styled fruit flavors. Chewy tannins and tart acids provide the frame.
Wine AdvocateMade from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 La Haute Cuvee has too much volatile acidity, yet still holds it together and gives up lots of purple fruits, pen ink, green herbs and violets in a medium-bodied, firm, concentrated package. Give bottles 2-3 years of cellaring and drink over the following decade.
Wine SpectatorThis distinctly savory style emphasizes meaty, gamy notes over vaguely cherrylike fruit elements, with hints of tea leaf and spice to enhance the finish. Has presence, an open texture and crinkly tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2017. 166 cases made.