Hogue, Late Harvest Riesling 2016, Columbia Valley, Washington
Tasting Note: A bright, refreshing riesling from Columbia Valley with lots of happy flavor intensity.
Pale-intensity lemon in color, this wine has a Mosel-riesling-reminiscent nose and aromas of green apple, chalk, petrol, blossom and quince.
On the palate the off-dry, medium-plus-bodied riesling reveals medium-intensity flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium-plus acidity.
The wine is creamy in texture and is balanced.
Unlike some rieslings that are one-trick ponies, this late-harvest riesling from Hogue offers some midpalate complexity and depth of flavor.
Bottle Note: My brother Mike and I opened our doors to The Hogue Cellars in 1982, with a commitment to source only the finest fruit from the Columbia Valley’s best vineyards. Open a bottle and discover why we’ve become one of Washington State’s most respected wineries. The grapes for our riesling ripen to the utmost, resulting in sweet, balanced flavors of apricot, orange zest and honeyed lemon. Savor it on its own or paired with your favorite seafood, dessert or cheese. -Gary Hogue, co-founder. Residual sugar 5.6g/100ml. Sugar at harvest 24.2° Brix.
Tasting Date: October 14, 2018