2013 Terrior Petit Verdot
The Hogue Cellars winemakers craft the Terroir line to showcase wines that are unique as varietals and that express the singularity of esteemed vineyard sites in Washington state. Made in limited quantities, these wines are sold only at the winery tasting room and by mail. The 2013 Petit Verdot opens with plum, cassis, blackberry, bacon, black pepper, spice, and nutmeg, with gamey undertones and subtle vanilla and cream. Flavors of blueberry, dark chocolate, and creamy coffee follow, with silky tannins and great finesse. This inky Petit Verdot has a pleasantly massive richness. Pair with seared duck breast, grilled lamb shanks with rosemary, dark chocolates, or prime rib.
VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
The 2013 growing season saw above-average temperatures, providing the perfect conditions for red grapes throughout Washington state. The dry, warm conditions led to the grapes fully ripening and developing the excellent varietal flavors we know and expect from the region. The grapes were harvested primarily from the Andrews & Rowell Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills (99%), with a very small amount coming from the Wahluke Slope (1%). This is the first year The Hogue Cellars has ever made a varietal Petit Verdot. It has amazing color and depth, along with some unique and exciting fruit flavors. A small amount of Malbec was added to balance the acidity of the wine.
The grapes were hand harvested during daylight hours, to take advantage of the sun’s heat for warm, effective macerations. The grapes were crushed, destemmed, and fermented in small bins. The wine rested for 15 months in a mixture of old and new French oak barrels before being bottled in mid-September.
Harvest Date: October 12, 2013
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
Varietal Percentages: 87% Petit Verdot, 11% Malbec, 1% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Brix at Harvest: 25.3°
Case Production: 150