Nice aromas suggest cassis and deep, wild mountain berry; the wine has a suppleness long missing from the Hogue lineup. Tannins are still quite evident, and in this young wine come across as just a bit green and scrapey. But with more bottle age, decanting, or maybe just a good greasy steak they will mellow and be entirely welcome.
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.