Hogue Cellars 2012 Merlot

December 29, 2013 

Hogue Cellars 2012 Merlot

Appellation: Columbia Valley

Growers, winemakers and consumers of Washington state wines all benefit from glorious vintages such as that of 2012. Now-departed winemaker Coman Dinn’s team brought in fruit from the Wahluke Slope (41 percent), Yakima Valley (36 percent) and Horse Heaven Hills to create a wine redolent of blueberry jam on toast, Marionberry and black cherry, dark chocolate and black pepper. The rich yet lively Cab-like drink carries abundant acidity, a pinch of crushed herbs for complexity and fine-grained tannins. Suggested fare runs the gamut of butternut squash ravioli, grilled bacon-cheddar burgers and roast turkey. Rated "Outstanding" by Great Northwest Wine. (13.5 percent alcohol)

Price: $10

Cases produced: 30,000

Food pairings: Butternut squash ravioli, grilled bacon-cheddar burgers or roast turkey.

Hogue Cellars, 2800 Lee Road, Prosser, 509-786-6108, www.hoguecellars.com.

-- Great Northwest Wine

The News Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service