The 2008 Merlot is scented with blueberry, spicy sandalwood, cinnamon, and leather. On the palate, it's rich and creamy with dark cherry, maple, cocoa, and a note of orange zest. Pair with roasted rack of lamb with herbed demi-glace, grilled steak
with shallot/lemon butter, eggplant Parmesan, or caramelized fig tart with honey and bleu cheese.
Firm, hard and tight, this offers black cherry flavors with some peach-pit phenolics. It's sharp and edgy, definitely on the herbal side, with a hint of stem.
The Hogue Cellars, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premier 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 foods.