Hogue 2000 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))
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…
Hogue 2010 Genesis Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))
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…
Hogue 2000 Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))
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.
Hogue 2006 Reserve Merlot (Wahluke Slope)
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.
Hogue 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Wahluke Slope)
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.
Hogue 2010 Gewürztraminer (Columbia Valley (WA))
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.
Hogue 1997 Genesis Schwartzman Vineyard Riesling (Yakima Valley)
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.
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Hogue 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))
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.