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Dry all acid and tanins no good flavors with a thin finish. Read more
Deep purple color with scent of dark berries and some spice. This was a medium bodied wine with a medium level of tannins and acid. I was impressed... Read more
This is the first time Hogue has made a varietally designated Merlot for their budget line, and it's a solid effort. Sweet, pretty fruit is played ... Read more
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Dry all acid and tanins no good flavors with a thin finish.
Deep purple color with scent of dark berries and some spice. This was a medium bodied wine with a medium level of tannins and acid. I was impressed with the overall darkfruit flavor with a little hint of leather on the finish. For the price, it is a good wine to keep around to enjoy whenever.
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This is the first time Hogue has made a varietally designated Merlot for their budget line, and it's a solid effort. Sweet, pretty fruit is played against tart tannins, with just a hint of cinnamon and mocha spice. Good for the price.
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.
Hogue is back as a value player. This is a fine effort, ripe enough to avoid the greenies, and showing some detail and cut to the tannins. There's nothing wimpy here; it's got some chewy red fruits backed with earthy tannins, acids proportionate, and a finish that's under 14% alcohol.
Simple, clean and rounded out with balanced acids and just enough flesh to fill the mid-palate. It's a fair value at this price. A hint of herb and green bean in the finish.
High-toned purple fruit and bittersweet chocolate tannins give this some density, then the wine ends light, in a whiff of black smoke. An easy everyday red.
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.
Hogue'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. It's got a nice, soft entry, with black cherry candy dominating the palate. There'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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