The blend Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is made to be approachable and ready to drink in its youth. The predominant flavors and aromas are bright raspberry fruit, vanilla, and oak. The wine has good weight and structure and bramble and herbal notes that add interest. With its bright fruit and moderate complexity, the wine is delicious by itself and also ideal for service with Greek salad, pastas, stuffed peppers and liberally herbed chicken dishes.
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.