Hogue Cellars is based in the largest growing area in all of Washington State, the Columbia Valley. The majority of Hogue’s vineyards are spread throughout the Columbia Valley AVA, which includes the noted Yakima Valley and Walla Walla Valley appellations. As the surrounding Cascade Mountains create a rain shadow––ultimately causing semi-desert conditions––the grapes grown in this area tend to produce wines of impressive concentration and intensity. The selection of varieties the winery utilizes is vast, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling and Syrah. While the entry-level Hogue line usually provides excellent value, the Reserve bottlings of Cabernet, Chardonnay and Merlot tend to score the highest when looking through our Hogue Cellars Reviews.
Magnificent, dense, compelling, a huge wine with so much flavor, it threatens to break right out of the bottle. Blackberry, cassis, currant, plum, dark chocolate, black cherry, peppery spices, and smoky oak and vanilla, but this is no mere fruit bomb. Kept under control by firm tannins and crisp acids. Hogue proves it can play with the big boys.
Irresistible from the get-go, this fragrant wine offers up inviting aromas of citrus, stone and exotic tropical fruits. Flavors of ripe peaches, brightened with vivid acidity, keep it in perfect balance. The 1.4% residual sugar is barely noticeable; the finish lingers gracefully and refreshes the palate, inviting the next sip.
Heavy toast in the aroma leads to emerging notes of blackberry, pencil lead, cassis, and pepper. Drinks full-bodied and rich and extracted with lots of jammy blackberry fruit, but it’s very dry. A big wine, and a great value at this price.
Despite the high (15.4%) alcohol, this sleek and textural Merlot manages to seem elegant. It neatly laces together a rich range of black fruits, annotated with black olive, smoke and earth. Astringent and polished tannins complete a sexy, seductive bottle.
If a whiff of volatility doesn’t turn you off, this tightly layered reserve from Hogue has a lot going for it. Gobs of cherry and cassis fruit, dense and deep, roll into veins of earth, olive and graphite. A big wine with plenty of life ahead.
With the snap and concentration of a tasty lemon-drop cocktail, this lovely Gewürztraminer pays homage to the floral aspect of the grape without drowning in it. Perfumed, not soapy, with superb fruit flavors of peaches and citrus, it’s a sensational value.
No oak here, thank you; just pure and delicious Riesling fruit with a hint of botrytis to add complexity to the apple-pear range of flavors. This dry-finished wine can hang with powerful chili-based dishes and is delightful as an aperitif.
Good juice anchors this Cabernet blend, with the 13% Malbec and 10% Merlot filling in the flavors. Cassis and pomegranate notes hit first, followed by darker notes of cacao and coffee, dotted with black pepper.