This is a fine companion wine to Hogue's less-expensive “regular” Chardonnay. It shows the same luscious, tropical/citrus fruit flavors, the added layers of caramel and vanilla, the spicy finish. Just a bit more punch and power to it, and along with all that, a certain youthful tightness that suggests another half-year of cellar time is in order.
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.