Lot 575 | 2014 Red Mountain
98pts & Double Gold Medal, SF Int'l Wine Comp; 94 pts & Platinum Medal, 2017 Sommelier Challenge; The frontier for finding exceptional values in Cabernet has shifted north to Washington State (for now, at least), and I think today’s Red Mountain release will go down as one of our greatest finds.
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- Red Mountain
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2025
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The Red Mountain AVA is the smallest in Washington, but when it comes to structure and intensity, it’s second to none. Actually not red at all (from a soil perspective), Red Mountain is named for the hue of its springtime “cheatgrass” that invaded Washington State in the late 1800s, and its famous vineyards are actually located on the backside of the mountain (which looks more like a ridge to me), where “eddies” pooled to drop layer upon layer of gravel and eventually highly alkaline loess soils. These well drained soils make for tight clusters and small berries, which in turn make for powerfully structured and intense reds.
Lot 575 is from one of the pioneers in the region, and sourced from their flagship cuvee. A blend of mostly Cabernet with a dash of Merlot and a small percentage of Syrah, this cuvee is cropped in around 3 tons to the acre and is aged in 60% new French oak (unheard of at this price point these days). Put this in equivalent dirt in Napa Valley and you’re at $75-100 a bottle just to get started.
Developed Into a Fantastic Wine with a Little Wine Cooler Time!
Wow, did this turn into a great wine. I tried it early on and thought it was good but would benefit with some aging. I have drank the rest of them over the last 2-4 months and wow did this evolve. More complex with various fruit notes, nice but balanced structure and smooth through the finish. Another CH great hit. Sadly I drank the last one but await another from this winery.
Delicious with Calamari Marinara
This was the perfect compliment to our Marinana dinner. I liked the slightly spicy note, along with the well-rounded flavors. Wish I had some more.
A Great Northerner
Like Oregon, I rarely dip into Washington, but this Red Mountain blend was a secret stunner! That's it... I may buy blends and meritages exclusively from CH from now on!... maybe...
I wish I had bought a case of this wine...sooo good!
This is one of the best value blends I've had. $15!!!! Excellent red blend...I ordered more, and now I'm down to my last 4 bottles. Should have bought more when I had the chance, as it is out of stock now. Darn!
Who Knew ? Cameron Hughes...That's who!...Thank you.. :)
Wait for it!
This is a very nice wine for the price point and beyond. Needs aeration and time to open up. Once it opens up the flavors are brilliant. Would have loved to score additional bottles.
Please Come Back!
Definitely would like to see this one again.
Great on its own.
Still very young
Nice aroma of earth, bramble, and blackberry. Medium bodied, with plums, blueberries, dry tannins, tobacco, black cherries, and a short to medium finish. Fine now, but I think more time will reward.
Worth the wait!
Had this bottle since 2016...wish I would’ve experience its greatness before it was gone! Heaven! Dark, flavorful, medium bodied wine. The acidity combats w/ the dry... a beautiful blend! The more it opens up, the more the berries pop!