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…— S.H.
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…— P.G.
Nominally a reserve, the Genesis falls midway between Hogue’s regular Riesling and its Late Harvest bottling in terms of alcohol. It’s finished dry, with hints of mint and lemon verbena opening into a zesty palate with lemon, lime and grapefruit. The length, balance and refreshing minerality are impressive.— P.G.
The softly floral scents of rose petals and body powder introduce this excellent wine, followed by bright flavors of Meyer lemon and pink grapefruit. The 20 g/L residual sugar is complemented with zippy acids, keeping this well-crafted wine off dry but not sweet.— P.G.
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.— P.G.
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.— P.G.
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.— P.G.
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.— S.H.