Hogue also makes a Cabernet-Merlot, but this wine includes both those grapes, 20% Syrah, and a pinch of Malbec. It's firm, tart and supple, with iron filings and black olive, black cherry and moist earth. You don't often find this much muscle and grip in a $10 wine.
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.