Hogue's low-cost red is a roughly 50/50 blend, with surprising ripeness and sweetness for a wine in this price range. There's just a bit of the bell pepper quality of inexpensive Washington Cabernet, but not enough to be off-putting. The wine is reasonably ripe, full and well-balanced, with fruit, acids and tannins in equal proportion.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.