For years Hedges produced a popular, inexpensive Cabernet-Merlot; with the addition of Cabernet Franc and Syrah, the wine has evolved into something more complex, though the price still screams “bargain.” Scented with cherries and grapes, underscored with dark, toasty aromas, and wrapped in some pretty tough tannins, it's a serious effort that could stand a bit of cellaring. A third of the fruit comes from reserve caliber vineyards. Best Buy.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.