Wine Review: 2012 Hedges Family Estate ‘Descendants Liegeois Dupont’ Cuvee Marcel Dupont Syrah, Red Mountain, USA

With a title like that, this wine from Hedges has a lot to live up to. Wow, from the first aromas to the last drop from the now empty bottle, this wine was straight-up MacDaddylicious.

A gangster of a Syrah, this 2012 Hedges from Red Mountain has a leg up on most of the competition. Hell, it’s all saddled up and ridden off into the sunset before most can get their bridles on, much less a boot in the stirrups. Cowboys usually like Syrah and sometimes Malbec or maybe Tempranillo. It all depends on where they are riding over their herd. Whether its cattle, sheep, bison or even goat cooked over a campfire chuck wagon cuisine style they will all go well with this wine.

Big, generous and exciting, this wine was a real reward after a hard day in the saddle or behind the stove, smoker or grill.  Three years after harvest the wine tastes like it has a decade or two of good years ahead of it before the fruit fades.

Strong full aromas of licorice and baking spices and dried orange peel precede the onslaught of smoky bacon fat and anise creating an all-out palate attack of the most delicious kind. If you are searching for the perfect red wine, search no further. You’ll be able to acquire this one without digging too deep into the pockets.

Rating: Excellent (93) | $27 | 14.0 % ABV

Hedges Family Estate Descendants Liegeois Dupont