2018 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 2018 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
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 fruit for this wine was sourced from premier vineyards in Yakima Valley (96%) 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, 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 the bottle.
Harvest Dates: September 4–October 8, 2018
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Varietal Percentages: 93.6% White Riesling, 6.4% Gewürztraminer
Brix at Harvest: 24.4°
Residual Sugar: 21.7g/L
Case Production: 32,000