2014 Terroir GSM
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 2014 GSM displays a lively nose of black cherry, strawberry, black raspberry, black pepper, and spice, with touches of vanilla and cream. The wine is creamy and soft, with a palate of black cherry, plum, spice, pepper, and nutmeg flavors. Silky weight and great finesse are the hallmarks of this GSM. With its well-structured tannins, this wine pairs well with duck, grass-fed tri-tip with juniper berries, or barbecued pork ribs.
VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
The 2014 growing season was one of the hottest on record, which led to an exceptional year for red grapes. The warm and dry conditions
extended into October, which allowed the grapes to develop the full, ripe fruit flavors and aromas as well as the soft, supple tannins that are associated with excellent quality wines. The grapes were harvested exclusively from Lonesome Spring Vineyard in the renowned Yakima Valley. The long, sun-drenched days in the valley allowed the grapes to fully ripen and produce expressive wines.
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 American oak barrels before being bottled in July.
Harvest Date: October 2014
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Varietal Percentages: 41% Syrah, 39% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache
Brix at Harvest: 24.0°
Case Production: 177