Barrel fermentation tempers the natural acidity and heightens the varietal fruit flavors of Chardonnay grown in the Columbia Valley. The wine has complex aromas of ripe pear, sweet vanilla and oak char. The lively flavors include vanilla and spice from the French oak, and ample ripe pear and green apple fruit. A fine match to full-flavored dishes such as trout with spicy polenta crust, pasta with pesto sauce and grilled vegetables.
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.