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.
Tart and juicy, this Cabernet/Merlot/Syrah blend matches cranberry and plum fruit flavors to milk chocolate and nougat highlights. Well-crafted, with a pleasing florality (to coin a word) in the finish. An outstanding value.
Vivid layers of bright fruit run through this wine from the opening sniff to the long joyful finish. Along the way you can pick up grapefruit and melon on the nose, deepening into a lush apricot/peach center.
Fat, oaky nose sings of cherries and smoke, sweet fruit, and soft wood. This is young, forward, seductive and fruity, with the oak providing the depth and interest that the fruit alone lacks. Very well made; drink right now. Best Buy.
51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot, a young powerhouse of a wine with tiers of plum, currant and cherry. Notable for its soft tannins, but needs a few years for the flavors to knit together. Great price from a respected Washington producer. Best Buy.
This distinctive wine, loaded with personality, is full of green-apple flavors, with wax, flint, and lime notes chiming in. It’s not a hugely complex wine, nor an oversized monster, but it offers terrific flavors that will no doubt sing with oysters or clams this summer. Best Buy.
Apricot and orange blossoms, flowers and ginger brighten up the nose, and the ripe, fruity flavors follow through in the mouth. The Columbia valley is far enough north to allow the grapes to ripen without sacrificing the acids, avoiding the flabbiness that mars some California Viogniers. Best Buy.