By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.hoguecellars.com
Hogue Cellars is a Washington Winery located in the town of Prosser – it’s one of the most recognizable brands from that state. Several years ago, however, it was acquired by Constellation Wines and since has seen a massive thrust into a national presence.
Some of my first experiences with Washington wine was a bottle of Hogue, however, it had been awhile since I tasted them so this was a good time for a refresher course.
- Harvest Dates: September 20–October 25, 2009
- Appellation: Columbia Valley
- Vineyards: Olsen, Andrews-Hogue, Fries, Zephyr Ridge Roskamp
- Varietal Percentages: 85% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Lemberger, 3% Sangiovese, 2% Merlot, 1% other <– WTF is “other”?
- Harvest Brix: 27.8˚
- Residual Sugar: 0.05g/100ml
- TA: 0.56g/100ml
- pH: 3.79
- Alcohol: 13.9%
- Case Production: 13,016
Nose: spiced blueberry. marionberry . leather and smoked plums.
Taste: Smokey, spicy black fruits in a leather rollup. nice tannins acids and lingering finish make this syrah a good value play.