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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Hogue Genesis Syrah 2005
Hogue Genesis Syrah 2005
(search item no. 98088)

PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $13.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Washington State's long growing season of warm days and cool nights provides ideal conditions for producing Syrah. Washington Syrahs exhibit dark, juicy fruit character, brilliant color, a complex varietal herbaceousness, and a relatively low tannin level. The Genesis Syrah is sourced from carefully selected vineyards to emphasize luscious fruit, elegant balance, and complexity. The 2005 vintage opens with aromas of cherry, wild berry, and cinnamon, with a touch of mango, nectarine, and tobacco. On the palate are avors of black cherry, blueberry, and warm Chai spices, with a hint of smoke. The wine is full and rich in the mouth with a long, silkyfinish.

With such a complex flavor profile, this Syrah pairs well with a wide variety of foods: from chicken chili to beef stew, barbecued ribs and hamburgers to roast beef, as well as more sophisticated dishes featuring grilled or roasted filet mignon, venison, lamb or duck.

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About The Hogue Cellars:

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.