Wine Enthusiast 90 points - Aromas of huckleberry, herbs and spice are fresh and focused. The fruit flavors are concentrated, with a supple feel and soft tannins. It displays a good sense of balance.
The 2013 Merlot opens with plum, wild strawberry, cherry, cinnamon, vanilla, and hits of cocoa. The palate is rich and supple with black cherry, vanilla, spicy oak, and black pepper flavors, and vanilla spice on the finish. Pair with braised short ribs, roast pork, or grilled salmon.
|Wine maker notes
|Eastern Washington has gained a reputation as an exceptional Merlot-producing region, and this spicy, silky wine is a fine example of the quality of Merlot the region is capable of producing. Pair it with flank steak, veal parmesan or ratatouille.
|THE HOGUE CELLARS™, founded in 1982
by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington’s Columbia Valley, the premiere grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of food.