2014 Terroir Malbec
The Hogue Cellars winemakers have created the Terroir line to showcase wines that are unique as varietals and that express the singularity of vineyard sites in Washington state. Made in limited quantities, the wine is sold only at the winery tasting room (also available by mail). The 2014 Malbec opens with blackberry, plum, and cassis on the nose, with toasted nuts, oak spice, and vanilla. Intensely concentrated fresh fig and blackberry aromatics follow, with leather, currant, curry powder, and nutmeg. Thick and dense on the palate, this wine is layered with coffee, cocoa, and plum fruit. Delicate blueberry and cassis are surrounded by massive weight and a complex mix of earth and toast. Pair this wine with prime rib, seared duck breast, grilled lamb shanks with rosemary, and dark chocolates.
VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
2014 provided a regular season in terms of heat accumulation, despite slightly cooler-than-average temperatures, thanks to a warmer fall. The grapes were harvested primarily from the Andrews Vineyard, in the esteemed Horse Heaven Hills. The grapes were allowed to fully ripen before harvest, with good flavor development and weight.
The grapes were harvested midday to late afternoon to promote fermentation. The wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation, and was aged in French and American oak, about 30% new, for
October 13–26, 2014
Appellation: 97% Horse Heaven Hills, 2% Yakima Valley, 1% Wahluke Slope
Varietal Percentages: 95% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
Brix at Harvest: 25.9°
Case Production: 150