Hogue Fruit Forward Cabernet-Merlot 2002

Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington

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Winemaker's Notes

Blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot had been a tradition for centuries. But in most cases, only a small amount of Cabernet or Merlot is added to the other for a bit of added complexity or softness. Blending almost equal amounts of each varietal makes the resulting wine a perfect complement to both varietals: the body and character of Cabernet with the soft richness and fruit of Merlot. The finished blend had a wonderful purple/red color, with aromas of cherry, tobacco and licorice. A chocolaty top note lingers behind the fruit. Flavors are of fruit and spice, complemented by a medium-rich mouthfeel and a toasty vanilla finish. The winemakers suggest pairing it with moussaka or a rabbit fricassee.

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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.

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Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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