2014 Hogue Chardonnay
During the grape growing season, Eastern Washington boasts warm summer days followed by cool nights, ensuring that grapes ripen fully while retaining ample natural acidity. The 2014 Chardonnay reveals juicy apple and pear on the nose with lemon meringue pie, vanilla bean, and toast. A rich, well-balanced palate follows with flavors of fresh apple pie, lemon curd, and cream. Pair this fruit-driven, food-friendly wine with salmon-stuffed crab cakes, grilled lemon chicken, and fettuccini alfredo.
THE VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
2014 was another very warm growing season in Eastern Washington. The grapevines budded and began ripening very early, which led to a very early harvest of fruit with low acidity and very good flavor development. Our Chardonnay is always a consistent blend harvested from a number of vineyards. The majority of the fruit for the 2014 Chardonnay was grown in Yakima Valley (72%), where the cooler mesoclimate creates conditions for slow, even ripening and complex layers of flavor. Grapes grown in the hillside vineyards benefit from well-drained soils and long hours of sunshine, developing vibrant, tropical fruit flavors. The remaining fruit was sourced from premier vineyards in Columbia Valley (12%), Wahluke Slope (12%), and Horse Heaven Hills (4%).
Our Chardonnay grapes were harvested at night or in the early morning, when the fruit is cool. To emphasize the effusive fruit character in this Chardonnay, we fermented the juice in stainless steel between 52°F and 59°F. After fermentation, 57% of the wine was aged with French and American oak for 7–8 months, imparting creamy, toasty complexity. The remaining wine was aged unoaked, retaining bright fruit flavors. To add softness and texture, 43% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation.
HARVEST DATES: September 5–October 13, 2014
APPELLATION: Columbia Valley
VARIETAL PERCENTAGES: 96% Chardonnay, 3% Muscat Canelli, 1% Viognier
BRIX AT HARVEST: 24°
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.95g/L
CASE PRODUCTION: 75,000