2012 Genesis Meritage
The Hogue family planted its fi rst vineyard over 30 years ago and soon realized that Washington’s climate and soils had the potential to nurture world-class wines. The Hogue Cellars mission has always been to make wines that fulfill the promise of the land, using superior viticulture and winemaking techniques.
The 2012 vintage of Genesis Meritage captures the best qualities of its components: Merlot brings black cherry fruit and a supple quality to the wine, while Malbec adds full-bodied complexity. Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine its structure, and Petit Verdot contributes dense, dark fruit. Flavors are of rich black cherry, spicy oak, and a touch of orange zest, with vanilla spice on the finish. Tannins are
moderate. Serve with braised short ribs, rosemary-herbed lamb chops, or grilled T-bone steak.
VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
The 2012 season was generally warm and dry, much more normal than the previous two vintages. It was an excellent year for Bordeaux varietals, such as Merlot and Malbec. In the vineyards where we source our fruit, the grapes ripened fully and showed outstanding varietal characteristics.
The grapes were harvested mid-day to late afternoon, destemmed and crushed, and fermented warm (86°F on average) in stainless steel. After primary and malolactic fermentation, the wines were racked to barrels to age for 12 months. A quarter of the blend was aged in new American oak. The wines were blended and then bottled in September 2014.
Harvest Dates: September 30–November 30, 2012
Varietal Percentages: 38% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot
Harvest Brix: 25.3 ̊
Residual Sugar: 0.2g/100ml
Case Production: 5,700