2014 Hogue Late Harvest Riesling
Eastern Washington’s low annual rainfall and cool nights during the growing season make it the perfect area for producing consistently great late harvest wines. The Hogue Cellars has developed a style of Late Harvest Riesling that is crisp yet moderately sweet. The 2014 vintage opens with aromas of ripe apricot and peach preserves, as well as hints of green tea, orange zest, and orange blossom. Classic
Riesling flavors of apricot nectar, violet, tangerine, honeysuckle, and orange blossom are well balanced by a refreshing acidity. Pair with an appetizer plate of blue cheese, chevre, and smoked gouda, or serve for dessert with poached pears, baked apples, or almonds and hazelnuts.
THE VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
2014 was another very warm growing season in Eastern Washington, but the vines responded well, putting on sugar early. Botrytis (“the noble rot”) developed in many of the vineyards with deeper soils. This infused the wines with textured richness, nut and dried apricot flavors, and very high sugars–nice Late Harvest characters. The majority of the fruit for the 2014 Late Harvest Riesling was grown in Yakima Valley (98%), on gently sloping vineyards where low vigor and well-drained soils produce smaller berries with concentrated flavors. The remaining fruit was sourced from premier vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills (2%).
This is a wine that is at its best when there is minimal intervention after harvest. In order to preserve its intense fruit qualities and aromatics, the juice was fermented entirely in stainless steel at temperatures between 48°–57°F, and bottled within a few months of harvest.
Harvest Dates: September 16–October 21, 2014
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Varietals: 96% Riesling, 2% Gewürztraminer, 2% Chenin Blanc
Brix at Harvest: 26°
Residual Sugar: 5.6g/100mL
Case Production: 53,000