Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hogue Columbia Valley Winery Trio

Hogue Columbia Valley Winery Trio
were clearance wines priced from $8.10-$11.99.

Hogue Columbia Valley 2012 Chardonnay, $8.55-$11.99, 88 points, was between straw yellow and a bright brass color.
Orchard blossoms and a hint of apple on the nose were good if not dramatically indistinguishable.
Medium-bodied with fair-plus acidity and an already weakly distinguishable aroma character was true of the flavor profile as well, though notes of lemon, granny-smith apple, vanilla, and washed clinkers or iron were unobtrusive and an excellent companion to my fried center-cut pork chops. 
Finished well on the trailing palate, green melon, and a bit of the 13.5% alcohol. 
 $8.10-$10.99, 86 points, was a deep straw yellow.
The nose began as lovely oriental blossoms and transitioned to cinnamon and petrol smells.
This off-dry trending slightly sweet Riesling had a medium body with fair to good acidity which carried tropical fruit notes and hints of rock-candy citrus behind a moderate petrol flavor.
Finished okay on the trailing palate, a well integrated 12% alcohol, and soft white pepper notes. 
Hogue Columbia Valley 2008 Merlot, $8.10-$10.99, 88 points, poured a deep maroon trending crushed blackberry toward the very broad transparent rim.
Lovely aromas of toasty black fruit and roses were very good.
Near full-bodied with fair acidity and grainy tannins that were more supportive than many-a-Northwestern Merlot I've had
Cola, licorice, blueberry, black currant, and savory flavors were excellent.
Finished a bit astringent, but finish well it did with escalating tannin, hints of black cherry, pomegranate, and a well integrated 13.9% alcohol.


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