2016 Hogue Red Table Wine
Our Red Table Wine is an expertly crafted blend of five of Washington state’s finest varietals—Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. The rich earthiness of Syrah is combined with Merlot’s bright cherry fruit for an easy-drinking, sumptuous wine that pairs well with hearty fare. The wine is rich, soft, and round. It opens on ripe plum and Bing cherry aromas with earthy, toast, and vanilla notes, followed by flavors creamy vanilla and ripe cherry, and a hint of spicy toast. Enjoy with barbecued ribs, grilled Italian sausages, or spinach and mushroom lasagna.
THE VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
The 2016 growing season was extremely warm in Eastern Washington and provided more than enough heat to fully ripen all of Washington's red grape varieties, giving full rich flavors and tannins. The grapes for this vintage were harvested from mostly the Horse Heaven Hills (38.5%) and Wahluke Slope (35.5%).
The grapes were harvested during the day to build heat from the sun for warm, effective maceration. At the winery, they were destemmed and crushed into stainless steel tanks for primary fermentation. The wines went through malolactic fermentation and were then racked and blended to balance French oak and structure. The winemakers continuously tasted and refined the blend to carefully craft the final product, which was bottled in December 2017.
Harvest Dates: September-October 2016
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Varietal Percentages: 73% Syrah, 17% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 2% Pinot gris, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Brix: 26°
Residual Sugar: 0.63g/100mL
Case Production: 19,000