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Hogue Cellars Merlot 2007

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Washington State has been touted as perhaps the best Merlot producing region in the United States. Hogue Merlot lives up to this reputation and delivers a warm and fruity wine with aromas of crushed raspberry cherry and lavender. This robust wine has a core of cranberry and cherry flavors with hints of vanilla and spice. With its long fruit-forward finish and supple structure the Merlot would go quite well with succulent barbecued pork or beef.

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Hogue Cellars:
THE HOGUE CELLARS™, founded in 1982 by Mike and Gary Hogue, is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premiere grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of food.

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10/28/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Hogue Cellars Merlot

11/12/2010

Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. As its mixed cepage so clearly suggests, this wine is a bit firmer and more structured than classic Merlot is inclined to be, but it delivers lots of very varietal, ripe-cherry fruit and draws on tailored oak for a nice bit of sweet spice. Long, lightly tannic but with a convincing sense of juice showing throughout its length, this carefully crafted, deceptively deep bargain is sure to improve and can be confidently set aside for another two to five years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Crisp, lively style hints at dusky herb character around a pretty core of cherry and currant fruit, finishing with fine, firm tannins. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

As always, this is very young, fresh and jammy. Blatant acids push black-cherry marmalade flavors that are dry and rich. Has some real depth; a rich, creamy wine that makes up in power what it lacks in finesse.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Bright and focused, this is on the lighter side, with a light burr of tannins around an airy core of berry and coffee flavors. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Light, with pretty cherry, tobacco and loamy earth aromas and flavors that linger effectively on the refined finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Ripe and generous, with velvety tannins supporting the dark cherry and peppery-spicy flavors, picking up a minty note on the finish. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Hoguersquo;s wines have been spotty of late, and the constant change in label design makes the wines difficult to track on the shelf. But this latest Merlot shows a marked improvement over recent vintages, a hopeful sign that this important producer is back on track. Itrsquo;s got a nice, soft entry, with black cherry candy dominating the palate. Therersquo;s a slightly burnt, raisiny flavor running through the finish, as if the grapes were a bit roasted, but the tannins are smooth and for the price it drinks well and delivers an extra dollop of intensity.


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Washington State has been touted as perhaps the best Merlot producing region in the United States. Hogue Merlot lives up to this reputation and delivers a warm and fruity wine with aromas of crushed raspberry cherry and lavender. This robust wine has a core of cranberry and cherry flavors with hints of vanilla and spice. With its long fruit-forward finish and supple structure the Merlot would go quite well with succulent barbecued pork or beef.

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