Hogue Merlot 1998

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

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Winemaker's Notes

Merlot continues to be one of the most exciting varietals grown in the Yakima and Columbia Valleys. By using such options as a variety of yeast strains, vineyard sites (both cool and warmer), and oak barrels, our winemakers create a Merlot with soft, bright fruit flavors and aromas that harmonize with the oak flavors. Expansive notes of vanilla, coffee and clove highlight the aromas of ripe dark cherry, black raspberry and plum. On the palate, a center of black cherry, clove and sweet anise is accented by nuances of coffee, toast and dried herb. This velvety wine culminates in a long finish with moderate tannins.

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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.

Learn About Columbia Valley

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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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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