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2014 Hogue Merlot

2014 Hogue Merlot
Wine Specs
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Alcohol %
13.5
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SKU: 80000765-14

THE WINE
Washington State has been touted as perhaps the best Merlot producing region in the United States. Hogue Merlot lives up to this reputation. The aromas are earthy and toasty with black cherry, cocoa, and spice. The palate is rich, but not heavy with black cherry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Pair with roast turkey, grilled bison burgers, or butternut-stuffed ravioli.

THE VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
The 2014 growing season was extremely warm in Eastern Washington. The Merlot ripened fully, developing classic Washington State varietal character, excellent balance, and elegance. Grapes for this vintage were chosen from Wahluke Slope (45%), Yakima Valley (38%), Columbia Valley (15%), and Horse Heaven Hills (2%).

THE WINEMAKING
The grapes were picked at mid-day and during the late afternoon to encourage fermentation. They were then destemmed, crushed, and fermented in stainless steel. All of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was then racked and blended to balance oak and structure. The winemakers tasted and refined the blend to carefully craft the final product, which was bottled in April 2015.

DETAILS
Harvest Dates: October–November 2014
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Varietals: 76% Merlot, 18% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Brix: 24.9°
Residual Sugar: 6.0g/L
TA: 5.5g/L
pH: 3.59
Alcohol: 13.5%
Case Production: 17,120
 

Wine Specs
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Alcohol %
13.5
Product Reviews
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Jeff C.
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(Jan 27, 2016 at 3:58 PM)
We have been enjoying the 2012 and 2013 Hogue Merlot and purchased the 2014 a few days ago. The wine seemed flat and lifeless. It was light and diluted, so I took it back and will send you a review of the second bottle soon.

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Jeff C.
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(Feb 1, 2016 at 4:59 PM)
The first bottle we had was "off," so we returned it for another bottle. This Merlot is lite bodied and delicate, however it has clarity and focus with cherry, plum and red fruit flavors and has good fruit and acid balance. Well done and an excellent value!

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