2018 Hogue Pinot Grigio
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. Our 2018 Pinot Grigio shows a complexity of melon, stone fruit, and fresh herbal aromas. It is fresh, with flavors of pear and guava, a rich mid-palate, and a crisp finish. Pair this food-friendly wine with fresh oysters, grilled wild salmon, or grilled asparagus.
THE VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
2018 started with an early budbreak but a cool, wet spring delayed bloom until mid-June. This delayed veraison and subsequently harvest enough to let the grapes ripen under the cooler temperatures of September and October. The majority of the fruit for the 2018 Pinot Grigio was grown in the cooler Yakima Valley (70%), where sunny slopes and cool winds combine perfectly to yield well-balanced Pinot Grigio. The remaining fruit was sourced from premier vineyards in Snipes Mountain (18%) and Columbia Valley (11.5%).
Our Pinot Grigio grapes were harvested at night or in the early morning, when the fruit is cool, to preserve its fresh flavors. After gentle, whole-berry pressing, the juice was fermented in stainless steel between 48°F and 57°F to retain its fresh, fruit character.
Harvest Dates: September 5-29, 2018
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Varietals: 82.7% Pinot Gris, 12.2% Gewurztraminer, 3.4% Sauvignon Blanc, 1.3% Chardonnay, 0.4% Muscat Canelli
Brix at Harvest: 22.2°
Case Production: 82,000