2014 Hogue Riesling
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 Riesling reveals ripe aromas and flavors of apple and lime with subtle notes of peach and melon. The wine is crisp and well balanced with an off-dry style. Pair this fruit-driven, food-friendly wine with fresh pear and apple slices, hard cheeses with nuts, whitefish and other seafood dishes with low to moderate oil content, or spicy Thai cuisine.
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 fully ripened fruit. The majority of the fruit for the 2014 Riesling was grown in Yakima Valley (80%), where the cooler mesoclimate creates conditions for slow, even ripening and complex layers of flavor. The remaining fruit was sourced from premier vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills (8%), Columbia Valley (8%), and Snipes Mountain (4%).
Riesling is at its best in Eastern Washington when picked fully mature and fermented cold to preserve its fresh fruit character. Our Riesling is night-harvested, when the fruit is cool, whole-cluster pressed, and then fermented in stainless steel between 48°F and 57°F. To keep the fruit focus, the new wine goes directly from stainless steel to bottle.
Harvest Dates: September 5–October 15, 2014
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Varietal Percentages: 90% White Riesling, 8% Gewürztraminer, 1% Chenin Blanc, 1% Muscat Canelli
Brix at Harvest: 23.6°
Residual Sugar: 17.2g/L
Case Production: 35,000